Packaged beer that compares to the taste of cask ale?

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  1. rogertb

    rogertb Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2017

    So I'm a beer drinker and am missing my evening pint, I've been having a g&t early evening and a glass or two of wine, a glass or two is turning into a glass or four, I guess a need for 'volume' ... anyway I thought I'd get some bottled beers instead of all the red wine, a bottle of 'Doombar' arrived with the grocery delivery, chilled it in the fridge and behold .... it tastes of nothing but gas, I guess CO2 (though I'm not sure) ... are there any beers, canned or bottles, that compare to the taste of a cask ale ?
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  2. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Well, if you're in the Seattle area, Machine House only makes cask beer, and they bottle.
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  3. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    My suggestion if you find your bottled beer is too gassy - Try a "Hard Pour" into a oversized glass and expel a lot of that excess CO2.
  4. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,253) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Yes, but I think they're something of an exception. I can't think of any other cask beer producer that bottles (I'm virtually certain that Brewer's Union 180 down here in Oregon doesn't). In fact, a lot of taphouses won't do crowlers or growlers of cask ale, as it's considered just too perishable.

    That being said, that would be my recommendation for the OP. Try to find some place that does crowlers of cask ale... And also does deliveries or pick ups. Might not be easy...
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  5. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,627) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    In my experience the best way to resolve excessive beer gassiness is to eat about three Vienna sausages and a nicely pickled egg. No one will bother you.
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  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    JK has the simple solution above: hard pour and permit time for the CO2 to outgas (e.g., let the beer sit for a few minutes).

    On a separate, but related, matter every year I homebrew a batch of English Bitter Ale (I will be brewing this again in a few weeks) which I bottle condition. For this batch I use a lesser amount of priming sugar to create less CO2 and a softer expression of this beer. @rogertb have you ever considered homebrewing?

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  7. rogertb

    rogertb Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2017

    Thank you chaps, I tried another bottle tonight and beat a lot of the gas out with a fork, it really helped.
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    TIMUKBAKER Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2015 England

    Proberbly to chilled so you will not get the cornish taste. My cellar is at 12-16 bottle coming from it being opened at say 22 will slowly give off the gas. Take it out the fridge an hour before you want it.
    The other thing is just because it was good cask Mark may not be to your pallete from the bottle.
    London pride is a good example on tap I love it, in the bottle even at 14 it just does not do it. SHEPHEAED NEAMS Spitfire was bottle conditioned and the trub used to stay stuck at the bottom. They filter it now and its lost its bottles charm.
  9. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,792) Sep 25, 2011 England
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    All these suggestions are bottle conditioned for being real ale and give that near to cask feel

    For not too difficult to find I'm going to say Shepherd Neame 1698 & Greene King/Morland Hen's Tooth both trad English strong ale and alright fpr big brewers

    then St. Austell Proper Job US IPA & Big Job DIPA
  10. Clembo1957

    Clembo1957 Zealot (718) Jan 14, 2004 England

    Doombar tastes of nothing however you serve it!
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