Knowing that I love a decent pint of Real Ale, my in-laws kindly bought me an Adnams Broadside mini keg for Christmas day.
I don’t usually like drinking Real Ale at home, mainly because the only option is bottled ale and bottled ale doesn’t have the same body as draft or gravity. Bottled ale is also much more fizzy than draft because of the conditioning process continuing inside the bottle. I don’t like fizzy ale.
It’s fair to say I was very impressed with the Adnams Broadside mini keg. My father-in-law (an ex-publican) knows a little bit about keeping ale so he had made sure that the keg was already in a cool place on the kitchen windowsill and that it had been resting for just over 24 hours. This is important as it allows any yeast in the keg to settle and ensures a clear pint. He had also ensured that he had vented the keg as per the instructions. This is also important as it allows any excess gas to escape and prevents you getting covered in beer the first time you open the tap to experience your first pint of Adnams Broadside.
I have drunk a lot of Broadside in my time (and I mean A LOT). It was the first ever draft Real Ale I tried and I immediately loved it. My local pub was once and Adnams tied pub and Broadside made a regular appearance so I often walked home with a belly full of it.
The Adnams Broadside mini keg didn’t fail to impress. The beer tasted as good as it does at the pub, albeit a little less strong. But it was a perfect compliment to Christmas and I certainly recommend it. It comes out at 4.7% ABV and each cask contains 5 litres (about 8 and a half pints) for around £18-20.