BLUE POINT ANNUAL CASK ALES FESTIVAL
What started as a humble little gathering of friends during a blizzard in the boatyard parking lot in 2004 has turned into the largest real ale festival in the United States. In 2017, over 60 guest breweries poured real ale for thousands of devout cask ale fans. Thanks for joining us for our last bash at our River Avenue location before we head up the road to Main Street next year. Look out on social media for an announcment on Cask Ales Fest 2018.
AT BLUE POINT, WE LIKE BREWING NOTHING SHORT OF GOOD BEER
That’s why we recommend you try our craft on cask, because that’s where you can truly taste the passion in our brews. It’s that same love of cask ale that led us to organize our annual Cask Ales Festival over a decade ago.
WHAT’S CASK ALE?
Cask-conditioned ale, or “real ale” is beer that’s unfiltered and unpasteurized without the addition of nitrogen or carbon dioxide. The carbonation in cask ale occurs naturally. By sealing the cask before fermentation is complete, the gas produced during the process is absorbed by the beer, creating a natural carbonation. This results in lightly carbonated, smooth ales best served at 52-55 degrees Fahrenheit. Want to learn more about cask ale? Check out our video.
WHY DO YOU CALL YOUR CASKS 'FIRKINS'?
To put it simply, casks come in various sizes. The sizes of casks we use at Blue Point are called firkins, but there are also smaller sizes called “pins.” Firkins are smaller than the kegs you’re probably used to seeing and hold up to 72 pints, or 9 imperial gallons, of Blue Point beer. So while every firkin is a cask, not every cask is a firkin.
Sometimes we put extra ingredients into our firkins to create heartier ales with their own unique flavors and, of course, a better Blue Point drinking experience for you. So next time you’re at a bar, ask what Blue Point they have on cask and try it for yourself. If they don’t have it, well… you should find a better bar.