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What is Draught Beer?

Ah, draught beer. It’s a staple of pubs and bars the world over. For most of us, it’s one of the simple pleasures in life.

But what is draught beer, exactly? Let’s take a closer look at this delightful drink.

History of Draught Beer

Draught beer dates back to the 1820s in England when pubs began to offer customers pre-bottled beer. Draught beers became more widely available in the late 19th century as new technologies allowed for their production and distribution over larger areas.

By the end of the 20th century, draught beers had become popular across Europe and North America, and today they can be found almost everywhere.

Benefits of Draught Beer

  • Freshness: Draught beers are usually fresher than bottled beers because they don’t have to go through various processes or wait on shelves or in warehouses before they’re consumed.
  • Taste: The taste of a draught beer can often be far superior to that of a bottled beer because it hasn’t been exposed to light or heat as much as its bottled counterpart.
  • Variety: There are many different styles and tastes available in draughts that you would not find in bottles or cans.

Nutritional Facts of Draught Beer

Let’s start off with the basics: a single pint of draught beer contains approximately 180 calories, which is about the same as one regular-sized apple. Not too shabby! Plus, it’s also packed with vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium and even B vitamins.

In addition to its nutritional benefits, draught beer is also low in fat and carbohydrates making it an ideal choice if you’re trying to watch your waistline. Plus, if you choose to go light on the maltose (sugar), Draught Beer can be an excellent source of hydration after a long workout.

So next time you’re at the bar reaching for a pint of your favorite pale ale or stout, know that you’re getting more than just a tasty beverage – you’re also doing your body a favor!

Draught Beer Fermentation Process

First things first – grain must be milled so that it can be steeped in hot water. This extract-laden liquid is then boiled with hops, giving the beer its bitterness and aroma. After cooling down, it’s time for the yeast to come in and do its magic. Yeast is added to the cooled liquid to start off fermentation, which produces alcohol and carbon dioxide.

Once fermentation is complete (aka after the yeast has eaten up all the sugars), it’s time for filtering. The beer is filtered to remove any solids or debris before being cooled down and sent off into storage tanks where it will age (or condition).

This aging process develops the flavor of the beer as well as matures its texture. Once it’s been aged properly, we’re finally ready for packaging – bottling or kegging – so that everyone can enjoy draught beer!

The entire process of getting draught beer from grain-to-glass may sound quite complex but don’t let that intimidate you: simply savoring a cold one at your favorite pub is enough appreciation for all those tiny steps!

Differences Between Draught and Bottled Beer

  • Cost: On average, draughts cost less than their bottled counterparts due to lower production costs and less packaging material needed for them.
  • Carbonation: Since draughts are poured from a keg, they may have slightly higher levels of carbonation than their bottled counterparts since more air gets into them during pouring. This can give them a slightly fizzier taste compared to a bottle or can of beer.
  • Temperature: Bottles and cans require refrigeration while most draughts do not-though some may be served chilled depending on preference.

Environmental Benefits of Draught Beer

  • Energy Usage: The production process for draughts requires considerably less energy than bottling operations since there is no packaging material involved and fewer steps need to be taken to produce these beers – which leads to fewer emissions being released into the environment as well!
  • Waste Reduction: In addition to lower energy usage, producing draughts requires less packaging material than bottling operations – leading to less waste being produced overall!


Draught beer has been around since the 1820s and has become a staple in pubs, bars, and restaurants all around the world over time thanks to its freshness, taste variety, lower cost per ounce, and environmental benefits compared to bottled beers!

All things considered-it’s easy to see why this particular type of alcoholic beverage remains one of our favorite drinks!

Author Image Fabian
I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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