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alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermenting cereals, especially malted barley, usually with the addition of hops as a flavoring agent and stabilizer. One of the oldest of alcoholic beverages (there is archaeological evidence dating to c.3000 B.C.
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(food engineering)
A fermented malt beverage, differing from beer in containing up to 8% alcohol by volume and being hopped more heavily.
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1. a beer fermented in an open vessel using yeasts that rise to the top of the brew
2. (formerly) an alcoholic drink made by fermenting a cereal, esp barley, but differing from beer by being unflavoured by hops
3. Chiefly Brit another word for beer
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The surge of interest in the firm's traditional ales is securing the jobs of work-k ers at the brewery, which was saved from closure by a management buy-out earlier this year.
Andrew Laycock, chairman of the Heart of Warwickshire branch of CAMRA, said stocking traditional ales was a good solution - if different pubs served different ales, including those not available locally, and regularly changed their line-up.
It even has its own picture-postcard village pub, where well-heeled commuters and rural locals rub shoulders over pints of traditional ale.
If your Christmas bird is goose, choose a traditional ale like Marston's Pedigree, which will contrast with the bird's sweetness and match its roasted flavours.
The guide, which is published today, lists the best pubs in Britain on a range of topics, including traditional ale and food.
Under the deal, Brick will brew and sell draught versions of Big Rock's Traditional Ale and Grasshopper brands in Ontario.
Times have changed so much down the local boozer that just one third of the money going behind the bar now is for traditional ale.
The bistro is fully licensed, offering full spirit bar, a comprehensive wine list, local traditional ale from Matfen Brewery and other draft beers including Theakston and Peroni.
Also expected to be on offer this weekend is the Ruthin honeybun, a delicacy from a recipe unique to the market town, and traditional ale.
It tasted like a traditional ale, but was sweeter because there were no hops in it."
Brains Brewery says it has taken the step in a bid to attract more women and a wider age range to their traditional ale house.
To combat the competition, the group is launching a marketing campaign based on a new traditional ale range and a two-week beer festival featuring British and Irish regional and microbreweries from October 4 to 17.