Cask Days began on the patio of Bar Volo in 2005. After 6 years expanded into the University of Toronto Hart House for one year. As of 2012 the festival has taken place at Evergreen Brick Works, a transformed industrial space in the hart of Toronto's Don Valley with a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings.
Once tapped, cask ale only has a few days to be consumed at its peak. We call these days "Cask Days". Un-ﬁltered, unpasteurized & naturally carbonated. We encourage brewers to showcase their finest brews, in most cases “one oﬀ’s” that are exclusively made for the festival. Check out a list of all the participating breweries here.
From beer introduction & education to promoting a community-focused beer drinking lifestyle, Cask Days offers premium one-of-a-kind brews alongside a standout line-up of beer focused workshops, art, music, food pairings and one-on-ones with brewers on site.
Raising the standard of beer festival food, the eats are as epic as the beer. Cask Days gathers some of Toronto’s most admired chefs and top restaurants. Expect real food that compliments real ale. Past vendors have included Bar Isabel, Grand Electric, Guy Rawlings and Hogtown Charcuterie.
Cask Days highlights the best in beer label design and illustration through a temporary gallery space integrated within the festival. Artists have included: Kellen Hatanaka, Elicser, Jimmie Chaile, Weekly Crop and beer labels from Bellwoods, Dieu Du Ciel!, Magic Rock and Trou Du Diable.
The vibe of Cask Days is what sets it apart from the rest. The music program is unfiltered, raw and live. Past DJ's have included international headliners such as DJ Dopey, Skratch Bastid and locals: Numeric, Faze, Fathom, Carlo Cruz and DJ Serious.