What Are Craft Ales?

Dr Keith Thomas

Thursday, December 7 2017 at 7:30PM

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Dr Keith Thomas

What's the talk about?

Dr Keith Thomas runs the very special and innovative Darwin Brewery in Sunderland supplying cask ales to pubs and clubs throughout the region and beyond.

But are all cask ales really "Craft Ales" and how do they relate to "RealAle"?  What happens when major breweries fight back against micro-brewery success by buying them out or brewing by proxy?, Is what they produce "Craft Ale"?

Keith Thomas founded Brewlab in 1986 to provide training and analysis to amateur and professional brewers and as an application of his microbiology expertise.  In addition to managing the company he teaches at the University of Sunderland and conducts research into yeast physiology and novel brewing ingredients. 

His doctorate investigated the production of alcohol biofuel from paper waste and he still harbours an ambition to create a beer from the daily news.