More than 20 cask ales from renowned breweries across Michigan and from coast-to-coast across the U.S. will be pouring from 2pm to 5 pm. This year's Festival will include a special offering of Michigan nanobreweries, small craft breweries that self-distribute and thus are generally not available outside of their local community.
Cask ale, also called real ale, represents the traditional, centuries-old way of serving ale, unfiltered and naturally carbonated by the live yeast in the vessel it’s served from. This cask conditioning results in a more complex, delicately flavorful beer, closer to the way the brewer intended than when it’s poured on a draft system. Because these beers are hand made, brewers can create new and unique flavors in the cask not possible in regular draft craft beer.
Most venues can’t serve cask ale, what we call ‘the craft beer of craft beer,’ because the living nature of the beers means they require special handling,” said Roy More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “As the market for craft beer explodes, more and more beer lovers are seeking something special. Ashley’s is committed to providing them with unique taste experiences they can’t find anywhere else.”
Participating Michigan breweries include Arbor (Ypsilanti), Arcadia Ales (Battle Creek), Arclight (Watervliet), Batch Brewing (Detroit), Ellison (East Lansing) , Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids), Greenbush Brewing (Sawyer), Griffin Claw (Birmingham), Kuhnhen (Warren), Liberty Street (Plymouth), New Holland Brewing (Holland), Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven), Short's (Bellaire), Speciation Artisan Ales (Comstock), Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgeman) and Witch's Hat (South Lyon). There will also be special casks from Blake's Cidery and Northville Winery.
The Festival also brings in these unique beers from across the country. From California (Lagunitas) and Utah (Epic) to Maryland (Heavy Seas) and Great Lakes (Ohio).
Tickets are $35 at the door. For the latest info on the Festival, including the list of rare and even unique beers, visit http://MICaskFest.com and follow the Festival’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Cask-Ale-Festival/113722341974871 . Follow Ashley’s Westland on Twitter (@ashleyswestland) and use hashtag #micaskale.