What started out years ago as a party with some fellow brewers in the parking lot has turned into one of the most popular cask ale events in the entire region. Saturday, April 14, we’ll host more than 30 brewers with upwards of 100 casks for the 8th Annual Cask Ales Festival.
If you’re new to the scene, cask, or real, ale is essentially unfiltered, unpasteurized beer that is conditioned in and served directly from a cask (sometimes called a firkin), without the addition of nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. Festival attendees will be able to walk right up to casks and sample the freshest, highest quality beer they’ve ever tasted from some brewers that they may not even be familiar with. This event is so special to us because it gives craft beer fans the opportunity to sample beer in its most pure form and we’re able to raise a glass, or several, with fellow brewers from near and far!
Confirmed so far this year are Long Island favorites, Black Forest Brew Haus, Blind Bat Brewery, Great South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing, John Harvard’s Brew House, Long Ireland Beer Company, Southampton Publick House, and newbies Port Jeff Brewing and Spider Bite Brewing Company. Also in the lineup are: Bronx Brewery (NY), Butternuts Beer & Ale (NY), Cape Ann Brewing (MA), Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (NY), Cigar City Brewing (FL), Cricket Hill Brewery (NJ), Defiant Brewing Company (NY), Empire Brewing Company (NY), Flying Dog Brewery (MD), Keegan Ales (NY), Lagunitas Brewing Company (CA), Peekskill Brewery (NY), Sixpoint Brewery (NY), Sly Fox Brewing Co. (PA), Smuttynose Brewing Company (NH), Southern Tier Brewing Company (NY), Squirrel Tail Brewing Co. (NY), and Stone Brewing Company (CA). The Brewers East End Revival (B.E.E.R.), Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts (LIMBE), and The Brewer’s Collective will be representing Long Island’s homebrew clubs.
Just about everyone at the brewery has chipped in with ideas for cask versions of at least 20 different Blue Point brews including: Ghost in the RastafaRye, toasted marshmallow Oatmeal Stout, Zythos dry hopped Hoptical Illusion primed with cotton candy and Syrah oak aged Sour Cherry Imperial Stout, just to name a few.
The festival takes place rain or shine from 2-6PM under the tents in the brewery parking lot. Tickets are $47 ($15 for designated drivers) when you buy them in the tasting room or $47.50 plus online fees here. Local faves Bobbique and Lumpy’s Food Truck will be selling good eats throughout the day and there will be live music with House of Waters.
If you follow us (and why wouldn’t you?) on Facebook and Twitter you can enter for a chance to win a ride to and from the event with S&G Limousine. This event also supports Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank with a can drop at the brewery on the day of the event and everyone is encouraged to bring any non-perishable food to donate. Only those 21 and over with valid photo ID will be admitted to the event. No children or pets will be permitted. There will be no parking at the brewery. Please park in the train station, Municipal or County lots, or better yet, take the train.
We hope to see you at the festival…cheers!