We are excited to partner with our friends at Toronto Brewing and GTA Brews on the first ever Cask Days Homebrew Competition. Have you ever wanted to serve one of your home brews at Cask Days? Now is your chance. Check out the full details on the GTA brews website. The winners of this competition will work with our partner breweries in August and September to re-brew their beer and have it served at Cask Days 2016 (October 21st-23rd). Looking forward to tasting all your submissions! Visit the competition page to learn more and to register.
What an amazing 10th year! 6500+ guests, 336 firkins, 120 breweries / ciders, 150 volunteers all filled Evergreen Brickworks over 3 days. Cask Days would like to thank all participating breweries and ciders, attendees, volunteers, Bar Volo staff (Kristen, Luisa, Nick, Dave, Chris, Mike, Christian, Aki, Joel, Kati, David, Lil' Nick, Dan), family and friends. Special thanks to our Sponsors: Bar Volo, NOW Magazine, Keep6 Imports, Uniiverse, Cask Ale LA, Mill St. Brewery for shuttle buses, Amsterdam Brewery for Music, Granite Brewery for art, Get Well Bar for arcades and The Ontario Hop Growers Association. The Food Vendors: Hogtown Charcuterie, Porchetta & Co., Hopgood's Foodliner, California Sandwiches, Uncle Smoke BBQ, Propeller Coffee and Jenna Harkness (our food program manager).
Cask Days sold out in record times this year. Not to worry, we have added an additional session "Last Call For Cask" on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 from 12pm-6pm at Evergreen Brickworks for anyone who did not get a ticket or for ticket holders who want to extend their Cask Days weekend experience. Admission is $5 plus a purchase of a festival glass ($5) If you have a glass from a previous session, you can bring this! A portion of all door emission will be donated to Evergreen Charity
The 10th Annual “Cask Days” Cask Conditioned Craft Beer Festival returns to Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, Ontario for its third year and will offer more than 300 beers and ciders across 3 days with over 5000 attendees.
The festival welcomes back breweries from across Canada, United Kingdom and has invited California to be this year’s international brewery feature. Presented in conjunction with CASK ALE LA, there will be over 30 beers available from breweries across the state, both big and small that have never been served north of the border. Participating feature breweries will be announced individually leading up to the festival starting with Stone Brewing Company from Escondido, California.
Along side an exceptional line up of beers, Cask Days hosts a unique beer festival experience with epic eats from Toronto’s most admired chefs, raw vinyl beats and an art gallery that showcases the best in beer label design. Additional attractions include the 6th Annual IPA Challenge, a classic arcade game zone and feature artists: Troy Lovegates and Mister Sleeep.
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 (caskdays.com) 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!
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 explosion of craft beer onto the bar and dining scene has only fueled excitement about unique brews popping up all over the country—add to this the growth in awareness of cask-conditioned ale—Canadians are quickly becoming savvier beer drinkers. With increased recognition, passionate supporters are quick to point out that cask-conditioned ale isn’t merely a style, but an attentive brewing process.