Vale Inn Drinks

Macclesfield & East Cheshire:
Pub of the Summer 2006
Pub of the Year 2007
We’re in the
CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2008
under Cheshire, Bollington

Ales at the Vale Inn

Here at the Vale Inn, we take pride in being able to offer a wide range of well kept, cask conditioned ales. We have a number of popular ales that make regular appearances, whilst also providing an outlet for many less well known ales. Being a freehouse, we are not tied to any particular brewery, and are therefore able to select ales from a wide range of sources.

With up to six ales available from our handpumps at any one time, the Vale Inn is definitely the place to go for a good pint of ale. In addition to this, we host the occasional beer festival, during which we offer an even wider selection of ales. Check our News page for further details on these, and other events hosted by the Vale.

What is Cask Conditioned Ale?

Cask conditioned ale, cask conditioned beer, or simply cask ale, are terms used to describe beers or ales that after being brewed in a traditional way, are left to mature in a cask. This cask conditioning process, known as secondary fermentation, continues in the cask throughout the lifetime of the ale. Cask conditioned ales are usually unpasteurised and unfiltered, and use traditional, natural ingredients. It is a natural, living product, which requires care and attention from both the brewery and the pub.

What about Real Ale?

Real Ale was a term coined by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in the early 1970s, in an attempt to help people distinguish between the mass-marketed, processed beers that were fast gaining popularity, and the then under-threat natural ales. Not all cask conditioned ales are real ales. The Cask ale Wikipedia article sheds some more light on the subject, as does CAMRA’s own Read more about Real Ale article.

What is Cask Conditioned Ale?

Cask conditioned ale, cask conditioned beer, or simply cask ale, are terms used to describe beers or ales that after being brewed in a traditional way, are left to mature in a cask. This cask conditioning process, known as secondary fermentation, continues in the cask throughout the lifetime of the ale. Cask conditioned ales are usually unpasteurised and unfiltered, and use traditional, natural ingredients. It is a natural, living product, which requires care and attention from both the brewery and the pub.

What about Real Ale?

Real Ale was a term coined by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in the early 1970s, in an attempt to help people distinguish between the mass-marketed, processed beers that were fast gaining popularity, and the then under-threat natural ales. Not all cask conditioned ales are real ales. The Cask ale Wikipedia article sheds some more light on the subject, as does CAMRA’s own Read more about Real Ale article.