D is for Draft
D is for Draft – part 4 of our A to Z guide to craft beer terms.
Most beer lovers will tell you the same thing – the draft selection is the first thing they’ll ask after when sitting down at a new drinking spot or restaurant.
“Draft beer is better than bottled.”
You might have said this yourself, or at the very least, heard the sentiment echoed around the pub.
Though everyone has their preference, the majority of the time, the beer in the bottle is the exact same beer that’s coming out of the tap. This is especially true in the craft beer industry, where marketing fluff is at much lower levels than mainstream manufacturers.
While you might swear up and down that you can tell the difference between the two, I’d challenge you to put yourself to the test.
Get some friends, pop down to your favourite craft beer pub, and order four tasters of four different beers. Now order one bottle of each of those same beers. (If you ask nicely, the bar might allow you to bring your own bottles – especially if they don’t offer them for sale. Simply explain you’re trying to broaden your craft beer horizons).
Now have one in the group line up and mark which beer is which. First, identify the beer styles that are the same and pair them. Now indicate which one you prefer of the two options.
I’d wager you’ll be very surprised with the results. Chances are your “favourites” are a mix of both draft and bottle.
Don’t feel bad. Even the most hardcore beer nerd will have a hard time blind tasting the difference. In fact, this same method can be repeated to see which beers you actually prefer. Vary the brands and keep the style the same. Is your number one still your number one?
Devil’s Peak uses the exact same beer for bottling as it does kegging. So you can have the same kick ass drinking experience at a braai as you can at the pub. Pretty cool!