Today we’re going to have a little history lesson about a specialty ale, which is not well-known in Canada…unless you frequent pubs that throw Cask Parties.
So, what the hell is a cask? Literally, it’s just a container in which the beer is commonly stored and conditioned. Typically, it’s a large wooden barrel. In Britain, casks were the primary method for storing beer until 1970s when they were replaced by the well-known, and well-loved metal kegs. By definition, cask conditioned beer, or cask ale, is a
“natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask from which it is served in the pub through a process called secondary fermentation.” *
The process of preparing Cask Ales is simple:
1. Brew the unfinished product (unfermented and unfiltered beer) at the brewery.
2. Rack it into casks. Unfinished beer casks were then left to condition at the brewery or sent off to the pubs to mature.
3. After some time, the casks are assessed by the brewmaster who examines the beer and determines if it’s ready to be served.
21st Annual Fall Beer Festival will be taking placed this Friday, Oct 2nd at C’est What? brew pub.
The festival will feature a round-up of seasonal beers from Canada’s microbreweries. This is great opportunity to check out unique fall brews that aren’t commonly available at your local pub or liquor store. Cask ales featured in the line-up look especially delicious, personally i have my eye on the pumpkin ales and Amsterdam Oranje Weiss.
The complete beer line-up to be featured at the festival is as follows:
Amsterdam: Oranje Weiss, Oktoberfest
Big Rock Warthog (bottle)
Barley Days Dark Ale
Black Oak Oaktoberfest (cask)
Church-Key Scarlet Pilsner
C’est What: Al’s Cask Ale (cask), Big Butt, Hazelnut Chocolate Ale, Coffee Porter, Homegrown Hemp Ale, Caraway Rye Beer
County Cider: Peach Cider (bottle)
Mike Duggan’s #9 IPA (cask)
Durham Black Katt
F&M MacLean’s Pale Ale
Flying Monkeys Hopapotamus
Grand River Highballer Pumpkin Ale (cask)
Granite Double Hopped IPA
Great Lakes: Pumpkin (cask), Devil’s Pale Ale
Heritage Harvest Lager
King Unfiltered Dark Lager
MacLean’s Brown Ale (cask)
McAuslan: Vintage Ale (bottle), Pumpkin Ale (bottle)
Mill Street: Rye, Oktoberfest
Muskoka Dark Ale
Neustadt 10W30 (cask)
Niagara’s Best Drummond Dark Ale
Nickel Brook Marzen
Pioneer Brewery TBA (cask)
Railway City Dead Elephant Ale
Steam Whistle Pilsner
Trafalgar Hop Nouveau
Unibroue Ephemere Cassis
Wellington Imperial Stout.