A thought occurred to me while engaging in my latest heavy drinking session at The Tap House. It's the age of Craft Beer, right? That much we know. We have it all, it seems. Craft keg IPAs, craft keg pale ales, craft keg stouts etc. etc.
But there's one thing we don't seem to have. Craft keg session bitter.
There does seem to be a few reasons for this. A big one is the defeated spectre of Watney's Red Barrel, the infamous keg bitter from the 60s and 70s. A drink so vile, that the legendary Jimmy Anstruther put it on the same level as crypto-Trotskyists, papist rapists and Chinese restaurants.
There is also the antipathy of the Crafties towards the "boring brown bitter" that the Beards drink. Seen as having no discernable flavour, the Kernels and Partizans of this world would be extremely wary in making a beer that their hipster clientele is unlikely to even try, never mind consume in any quantity.
So, since the two major tribes of BeerWorld will never try a keg bitter, that must be the reason one has never been made. Or, at least, not one that I have ever seen.
But I say - Why not? Surely if these innovative, cutting-edge Craft Beer brewers are as skilled as they claim, then could they not make a palatable keg bitter? Would this not be the supreme test of beer making skill, since apparently any idiot can chuck in kilos of hops and chill it down to 4 degrees Celsius?
Come on you Crafties - take up my challenge. I will be first person at the font to try it should you do so...