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Questions For A Real-Ale Expert On My Radio Show

At a pending radio show I have a guest, Steve Davies (not the snooker player) coming in to talk about real ales as there is a major beer festival looming in Manchester.

Steve is my first returning guest as he came in just before last year’s event too.

I like to prepare questions for my guests in advance, even letting them see the lists. Having covered many obvious ones on Steve’s previous visit, I am trying to come up with new angles now. These are the questions I have in mind, so if you can think of more, do let me know here. Thanks.

The first question is a repeat just for new listeners and a handy recap.

1/. What is real ale?

2/. Has there been much change on the real ale and pub scene since your last visit?

3/. You recently presented the Neil Richardson Award to the best traditional pub, The Lamb Inn, in Eccles. Can you tell us more about that?

4/. The Beer Festival is on again from Thursday – is it bigger than last year’s?

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Beer glass, taken by me

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caretakerray wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:39 AM

Sounds like you are ready for the show! I love good ale.

MegL wrote on January 13, 2015, 2:00 PM

Shared this in Facebook as I know a few real ale fans.

soupdragon wrote on January 13, 2015, 2:13 PM

I'm glad you explained that it wasn't the snooker player, as I was just thinking I couldn't imagine him knowing much about real ale. Hope the interview goes well

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:59 PM

thanks for the share MegL quite soupdragon though he may have imbibed a few

BodieMor wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:11 PM

Have fun with your interview. I don't know much (anything?) about ales, but I know they are a very big deal for Brits, lol!

valleysgirl wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:09 AM

You could ask him about the growing popularity of micropubs and microbreweries, in direct contrast to the number of 'traditional' pubs closing down (certainly in my area in the Midlands). Or about the growth in the number of women being attracted to real ales (me included) because brewers are producing lighter or golden, less hoppy ales (which some 'traditionalists' don't like). And what does he think of 'flavoured' beers (ginger is a favourite at the moment)?

arthurchappell wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:40 AM

I will sk him about that valleysgirl thank you - terrific questions

Secre wrote on January 15, 2015, 8:20 AM

As a drinker of real ales if I was listening to the program I'd love to hear his recommendations across the various types; dark, amber, ruby and pale ales. What to watch out for and where to look for it. It might also be interesting to look at whether the real ale is harder to sell in pubs and whether there's a reduction in the various types different places are selling - from my experience pubs tend to stick to one or two each now without shifting and I'd be interested to know whether this is because of retail issues with ales or whether they are forced into it by the breweries.

arthurchappell wrote on January 17, 2015, 3:16 PM

depends on the pub Secre - tied houses are contracted and leased by set breweries with obligation to favour their ales while free houses can serve what they like and usually change the beers much more frequently and have wider choices - I'd like to see more pubs released from tie agreements

bestwriter wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:00 AM

Nice to hear you are a radio jockey. Seems you are well prepared

bestwriter wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:06 AM

I have chosen you for the PIFChallenge

arthurchappell wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:19 AM

I'll see what I can do for the PIF - cheers