Have you noticed how quickly things change?
Talk about “boring brown cask ale” is really out of date.
The general trend in cask ale is pale and hoppy. A new beer from one of those sleepy old family brewers is more than likely to be straw-coloured.
It’s the trendy hophead brewers whose beers are getting browner and browner – Innocent Conscience, Elixir Conviction IPA, Cromarty AKA IPA – some better than others but all decidedly brown.
I realised what had happened just recently. I found myself having to reassure members of CAMRA, bumped into as they were on a pub crawl hunting for pale and hoppy, that they were going to like a copper-coloured beer.
(It was Alechemy Five Sisters, and they did like it.)