The following piece has recently been translated into modern English from documents thought to date from the 13th century…
What is Beer?
Beer is ale that has had flowers known as hops added to it for the flavouring usually obtained by gruit. Beer is not Real Ale. Hops are not to be mistaken as an acceptable substitute for gruit. Whilst some people will claim that hops are a good thing for ale, they are wrong. Ale should be drunk fresh, and so the addition of something for it’s preservative qualities is a pointless addition.
CRURA, the Crusade for Real Ale, is dedicated to ensuring that consumers are not mislead by the influx of these new hop led beers on to the market. We feel that real ale, made with water, malt, gruit and yeast, is a part of our history and culture that is being threatened by an inferior product.
Don’t be fooled by beer. Ask for a genuine ale. (136)