What Is Real Ale?

Real ale is a natural product, brewed using traditional ingredients such as water, malted barley and hops, which are turned into alcohol by a process called fermentation This involves yeast, which turns the fermentable sugars in the malt into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Ales, including bitters, milds, stouts, porters, barley wines, golden ales and old ales, use top-fermenting yeast, which forms a thick head on the top of the fermenting vessel. This is the traditional method of brewing British beer.

Why isn't all beer real?

Real ale is a natural, living product. By its nature this means it has a limited shelf life and needs to be looked after with care in the pub cellar and kept at a certain temperature to enable it to mature and bring out its full flavours for the drinker to enjoy.

Brewery-conditioned, or keg, beer has a longer shelf life as it is not a living product. Basically, after the beer has finished fermentation in the brewery and has been conditioned, it is chilled and filtered to remove all the yeast and then it is pasteurised to make it sterile. This is then put in a sealed container, called a keg, ready to be sent to the pub.

The problem is that removing the yeast and 'killing off' the product through pasteurisation also removes a great deal of the taste and aroma associated with real ale.

real ales at The Conqueror Traditional Alehouse, Ramsgate, Kent

Opening Hours

Monday - closed
Tuesday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Thursday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Friday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Saturday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Sunday - 12:00 - 15:00

Real Ale Selection

At the Conqueror Alehouse, we like to keep things local while, at the same time, realizing that our customers like something different now and again. With this in mind, we'll be stocking mainly beers from Kent breweries and slipping the occasional "foreigner" in to give a bit of variety.