Featured Beer – Cask Ale

What makes our event different other than the inclusion of board games? We prominently feature locally made cask ale.  That’s ale poured straight from a metal pin or ferkin (cask) served at cellar temperatures.  Cask Ale is one of the oldest forms of beer and features lighter carbonation, silkier mouthfeel, and sometimes the inclusion of special spicing ingredients like hops or vanilla beans.  Casks are also a wonderful opportunity for breweries to showcase their creativity with one-off versions their year-round offerings.

So to put it simply, casks are historical and they are awesome.  But why is cask ale and more specifically Real Ale so important to craft beer?

Check out CAMRA, that’s the acronym for the Campaign for Real Ale, which dominates the UK with regulating and certifying real cask ale!  They define Real Ale as “…a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask (container) from which it is served in the pub through a process called secondary fermentation. It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops the wonderful tastes and aromas which processed beers can never provide.”

Join us as we all fall down the cask rabbit hole!

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