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The North Bedfordshire Branch of The Campaign for Real Ale covers the County roughly North of the A507 and West of the A1/ B658. See a map here.


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What is real ale?

In the early 1970s CAMRA coined the term ‘real ale' to make it easy for people to differentiate between the bland processed beers being pushed by the big brewers and the traditional beers whose very existence was under threat.

Many pubs and brewers use the term to describe their beers, but, just to keep you confused, they are also called cask beers, cask-conditioned ales or even real beer! In the pub the huge majority of real ales are served using traditional hand-pulls, rather than through modern fonts, but there are some exceptions to this, so if in any doubt, just ask. For a full explanation of real ale read the article here on the main CAMRA website.

There are hundreds of real ale breweries in England (a few in this area - see our list here) some of which are "micro-breweries" (often behind a pub or in a factory unit), some medium sized and a few very large companies. They all produce a variety of types of beer each with a distinct flavour. Descriptions might be " Light, refreshing bitter with good malt base and lots of fresh flowery hop character" or "Classic premium ale, smooth and malty with well developed hop character" - try them and discover the amazing tastes - and varieties - for yourself! They are not available in every pub - you may have to seek out a decent pub first!

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