Definition of real ale in English:

real ale

noun

British
  • [mass noun] Cask-conditioned beer that is served traditionally, without additional gas pressure:

    ‘a long-time drinker of real ale’
    [count noun] ‘six superb real ales’
    • ‘The pub has now expanded its real ale selection and will be serving a range of local beer over the coming months.’
    • ‘It has a distinctive flavour like many of the Belgian beers which are basically real ales.’
    • ‘An entrepreneur who set up a brewery selling his own real ale is raising a glass to his next venture - opening his own pub.’
    • ‘It will be serving the brewery's range of crafted real ales, plus guest beers, and meals made with local ingredients.’
    • ‘The festival also features 15 morris dance teams performing at stations along the line, and on-train bars serving real ale.’
    • ‘Frustrated Geoff, who is relying on his fish and chip trade to keep his country pub afloat, is laying down the gauntlet to real ale drinkers.’
    • ‘Based in Hawkshead, the micro-brewery makes cask-conditioned real ale, which is sold in 24 pubs in South Lakeland.’
    • ‘The train has had a buffet carriage selling cans of beer for 20 years but it has only been serving real ale in recent years.’
    • ‘Now an established favourite of the food and drink festival, it involves 14 York pubs committed to serving real ale.’
    • ‘It can only be a matter of time before I'm indulging in home brewing of real ale, or pottering around my garden while doing some pruning.’
    on draught, cask-conditioned, real-ale, from barrels, not bottled, not canned
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Pronunciation

real ale