Cask Days 2014 Dates Announced!

Mark your calendars everyone! We are very excited to announce that the 10th Annual Cask Days: Cask-Conditioned Craft Beer Festival will take place from Friday, October 24th to Sunday, October 26th at Evergreen Brickworks. What started as a couple of firkins on the patio of Bar Volo in 2005 has evolved into one of the most exciting beer festivals in the country and one of the largest of its kind in North America. Looking forward to hosting another amazing year and seeing everyone in October. Ticket sales and information to be announced!  


After a small break from last years festival, the Cask Days team invites you to check out our new website ( and online cask ale supply shop. The site will be a resource for everything you need to know about cask-conditioned ale, where to find it, the history of Cask Days festival and a shop that now ships equipment across Canada.

Cask Days would also like to announce that the 6th Annual Cask-Conditioned IPA Challenge will not be held this spring. After five years of hosting on Bar Volo's patio we have decided to bring this small event to the next level. Bigger venue with India pale ales competing across the country. This years challenge will be held in the fall and more details will be released soon. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the 10th anniversary of Cask Days festival this October in Toronto!  

Cask Ale & Food – A New Cultural Feather in Canada’s Cap

As the global dining scene experiments and matures, cask ale is quickly becoming the perfect partner to pair craft beer with good food. Young Canadians, bored with adopted tastes from mom and dad for sophisticated sauvignon blanc, are shifting to cask ale as their preferred drink when enjoying a lone pint or paring it with a meal. From trendy, young women sipping cask in the dining room at Toronto’s upscale pub The Oxley, to award-winning brewers like Halifax’s Granite Brewery, cask ale interest is boosting Canadian culture to new levels. 


For centuries, men and women in many cultures have been preserving quality alcoholic beverages—vintners carefully oversee the harvesting of fine grapes to produce the best wines, and distillers painstakingly observe aging bourbon to ensure each sip abides by the lore that birthed it. Good beer is no different. With cask-conditioned ale, cellarmans are tasked with promoting the beauty in each cask of beer sold—whether they’re developing a range of aromas and flavours, or nurturing the brew by serving it in a manner and temperature that complements its profile. What’s enjoyed in the pint glass is a laborious process involving dedication to a fine craft.

The best beer festival in Toronto in 2013 was unquestionably the Cask Days festival hosted Bar Volo at the Evergreen Brickworks
— Josh Rubin (Toronto Star)