FAQs

What is this?

It Comes in Pints is a celebration of fucking great craft beer and real ale. Okay, it’s just a reeeally good excuse for Adam and Joe to drink a lot of beer. And different kinds of beer. All the time :)

Why “It Comes in Pints”?

What can we say, we’re suckers for vague Lord of the Rings references.

What’s the difference between “real ale,” “craft beer,” and “lager”?

Real ale is a beer that has fermented in the vessel from which it is served and without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide. Real ale is a natural, living product which continues to ferment in the cask in your local pub meaning it continues developing flavour throughout its journey into your glass.

Lager, on the other hand, is produced at much lower temperatures and goes through additional stages of conditioning and filtering. It’s usually served with extraneous carbon dioxide resulting in a gassy taste.

Confused? It gets worse.

The definition of "craft beer" differs depending on who you speak to and particularly between British and American brewers. Unlike real ale, craft beer is carbonated and isn’t necessarily fermented in the vessel it’s served from.

Though craft beer might be starting to sound more like lager than real ale it’s important to point out craft beer is all about great tasting beer from natural ingredients and brewed by independent brewers.

I don’t know about you but we’re exhausted after all that!

What type of glass should I drink my beer from?

There are way too many types of glasses for drinking beer: pint, shaker, mug, stein, goblet/chalice, pilsner, Weizen, snifter, tulip, and stange to name a few. Certain glasses help intensify the aroma and flavour of certain beers, apparently.

To be honest, just find a glass you’re happy with and use that; It’s only a fucking beer!

What is beer made from?

Beer is typically made from water, grain, hops and yeast. Water is by far the largest percentage ingredient so it’s important to make beer where good clean water is available. Many beer crafters experiment with the type of hops and grains they use as well as spices, sugars and fruits.

How much alcohol is there in beer?

Typically beer contains somewhere between 4% and 6.5% (alcohol by volume, or ABV) but it’s not uncommon for craft beers to contain up to 12%! Heck, some barley wine-style ales contain up to 20% and more.

Top tip: don’t order a full pint of a barley wine ale!

How do I brew my own beer?

We honestly have no idea, sorry. We’ve always assumed it involves wizards.

So what’s with all the BrewDog beers?

We have no affiliation with BrewDog if that’s what you’re askin’ you cheeky bugger. We’re just big fans of their beers :)

How did you guys get into real ale and craft beer?

Started from the bottom now we’re here.