Cellarmanship by Patrick O'Neill

SKU: B399

From Britain's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), this book is a guide to running a real-ale focused pub cellar. Recommended for anyone considering serving their beer in the Real Ale fashion.

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From Britain's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), this book is a guide to running a real-ale focused pub cellar. Recommended for anyone considering serving their beer in the Real Ale fashion.

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Cellarman Encyclopedia Review by Paul
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I was hoping for a how-to book on making and then drinking my own real ale. However, this book was designed as an encyclopedia for cellarman - a person who works in a pub and manages incoming casks. It was not really designed for a person who works in a brewery preparing casks, much less a homebrewer hoping to experiment on your own. I am unfamiliar with any business in the MSP area making or serving real ale on the level that Mr. O'Neill describes in the book- a bar with enough cask business to need a cellar for conditioning.

The material is quite technical and each topic is explored in depth, but topics don't seem to have a central order. It does not build progressively from easier topics to more complex like some other brewing books do. That being said, I imagine this book is considered law to CAMRA and those interested in the Real Ale movement. Patrick O'Neill is certainly an expert on cask conditioning ale and the book will change your perspective about how you treat, serve and consume beer.
(Posted on 12/2/13)
Real Ale Encyclopedia Review by Paul
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I was hoping for a how-to book on making and then drinking my own real ale. However, this book was designed as an encyclopedia for cellarman - a person who works in a pub and manages incoming casks. It was not really designed for a person who works in a brewery preparing casks, much less a homebrewer hoping to experiment on your own. I am unfamiliar with any business in the MSP area making or serving real ale on the level that Mr. O'Neill describes in the book- a bar with enough cask business to need a cellar for conditioning.

The material is quite technical and each topic is explored in depth, but topics don't seem to have a central order. It does not build progressively from easier topics to more complex like some other brewing books do. That being said, I imagine this book is considered law to CAMRA and those interested in the Real Ale movement. Patrick O'Neill is certainly an expert on cask conditioning ale and the book will change your perspective about how you treat, serve and consume beer. (Posted on 12/2/13)
Quit wondering and buy this book! Review by Simon
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If you are into cask ale/real ale, and want to skip to the front of the line, buy this book. Period.

In my opinion, while appreciating their views, O'Neill and CAMRA are too dismissive and heavy-handed with regard to their views on Aspirator Valves/Cask Breathers/Demand Valves. They are critical for home-brewers, and may be what keeps Real Ale alive and takes it in to a new (home-brewing) paradigm. (Posted on 10/6/11)