What an amazing 10th year! 6500+ guests, 336 firkins, 130+ breweries and cideries, 150 volunteers all filled Evergreen Brick Works over 3 beautiful October days. Check out all the photos from the weekend here. The Cask Days team 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 all the California breweries for agreeing to ship their beers to Ontario, our Sponsors: Bar Volo, NOW Magazine, Keep6 Imports, Uniiverse, Cask Ale LA (Aaron Champion), 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).
The DJ'S: Chris Evans for curating the selection, Amsterdam Brewery, Trophy Jones, DJ Mensa, Carlo Cruz, Famous Lee, Catalist, Deadly Vanity, Ali Black, Jessica Cho, Trading Fours, Roberto and Jex Opolis. The Artists: Guerilla Printing, Granite Brewery, Mister Sleeep, Troy Lovegates, Nick Coyle, Beau's All Natural, Bellwoods Brewery, Dieu Du Ciel!, Siren Craft, Magic Rock, Beavertown, Brassneck, Stone Brewing, Modern Times, Connie Tsang, Michael Lee, RCADE WIZARD and Kellen Hatanaka. Logistics: Evergreen Brick Works, LCBO, Global Craft, A New Wave Distribution, Cask ALE LA, Parallel 49, Big Rock, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Propeller Brewery, Bar Still Well, Jessica Sharpe, West Ave. Cider, Keep6 Imports, Luc Lafontaine, Andrew Rawley, John Vasta & Crew and Star Security,
This years event got some great press on BLOG TO (10 Rules For Enjoying Cask Days In Toronto), MACLEAN'S Magazine (Don't Put That Keg Of Ale Away Just Yet), TORONTO LIFE (Don't Miss Last Call At Cask Days, The King Of Beer Fests), Crystal Luxmore (18 Beers To Try At Cask Days 2014) and WHERE Magazine (Celebrate Craft Beer In A Very Big Way @ Cask Days).
The 6th annual cask-conditioned IPA challenge took place over the Cask Days 2014 weekend with 36 participating India Pale Ales across the country. After four amazing rounds with ratings and votes from judges and public score the top IPA goes to LE CASTOR YAKIMA IPA from Quebec. Thanks to all the participating breweries in the IPA Challenge.
Thanks to everyone behind IN THE WEEDS TV who teamed up with Bar Volo to create and document the making of a limited edition, dark and spicy porter cask beer, House In The Weeds. The Bar Volo and In The Weeds crew, along with forager Nick Stark, travelled to the beautiful village of Creemore, Ontario to sustainably forage wild ginger for a special one off collaboration brew served at Cask Days 2014. Check out the video here:
Hope everyone had a great time and see you next year for the 11th CASK DAYS: Cask-Conditioned Beer Festival! In the meantime you can enjoy cask-conditioned ale at these fine establishments across Ontario!