Boak and Bailey's post about alternate history got me thinking again about something I've pondered about for a while. They were wondering about what British beer would be like if CAMRA had never existed. It's an interesting question but as to the answer we can only speculate.
Something I'd like to know more about though is how did cask beer die out in other countries? At one point all draught beer must have been cask beer, and outside of Britain at some point in the 20th century it died a death and was replaced by keg. Ireland must be the closest to Britain in terms of beer history and as far as I'm aware went totally keg. Australia and New Zealand must have had a strong influence from British brewing, as indeed must Canada and the USA. So where did it all go wrong?
Did any brewers try and hold out? Did any drinkers put up a fight? Were any organisations formed? And what happened in Europe? There are still lots of small breweries in Germany, and I've seen pictures of wooden barrels being tapped at beer festivals there. Are these filled with bright beer or are they cask conditioned?
Answers on a postcard please.