ABOUT CASK DAYS

 

Cask Days is a family run cask-conditioned beer festival that started on the patio of Bar Volo in 2005. The festival has evolved into one of the most exciting craft beer festivals in the country and one of the largest cask-conditioned beer festival in North America.  It encourages brewers to experiment, explore diverse styles and have the opportunity to showcase their finest brews, in most cases – one off’s that are especially made for the event in cask-conditioned form. Our goal is to host a unique beer festival experience that celebrates not only local craft beer but local food, art and music. Recently we have opened a online Cask Shop that sells equipment and accessories for dispensing, serving and making cask-conditioned ale. 

 
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CASK-CONDITIONED CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

 
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ONLINE STORE FOR CASK SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT

 

WHAT IS CASK-ALE?

 

In the early days of draught beer, before metal kegs or CO2 tanks or refrigerated coolers, there was cask-conditionaed ale, also known as cask ale or sometimes real ale. Unlike most beer, which is delivered from the brewery in a finished state, cask-conditioned ale does not complete its fermenting until days or even moments before it is delivered to the drinker, with a small amount of fermentation continuing in the cask from which the beer will be poured. Before tapping, a vent is opened in the top of the cask and the extra gas is allowed to escape, which is why cask ale is less carbonated than other beer, and as a final step ‘finings’ are added to encourage the yeast to sink to the bottom, where it will remain undisturbed while the beer is poured. Your finished pint may be a bit cloudy, but regardless it should be mildly carbonated, slightly chilled and fresh and vibrant in taste. 

 

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