Wednesday, April 15, 2015

8th Michigan Cask Ale Festival at Ashley’s to Showcase Largest Selection in the State

Written by  Paul Starr
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The Michigan Cask Ale Festival returns Saturday, May 9, to Ashley’s Beer & Grill, 7525 Wayne Rd.. The Festival is the largest offering of cask-conditioned craft beers at one time anywhere in the state.
More than 30 cask ales from renowned breweries across Michigan and from coast-to-coast across the U.S. will be pouring from 2pm to 6 p.m., while guests also enjoy live music, interaction with brewers and brewery representatives, a menu of premium snacks and entrees. This year's Festival will include a special offering of Michigan craft ciders.

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.”

Local band Rustbelt Revival will provide live music throughout the day.

Participating Michigan breweries include Arbor (Ypsilanti), Arcadia Ales (Battle Creek), Atwater (Detroit) Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo), Brewery Vivant (Grand Rapids), Chelsea AleHouse Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids), Greenbush Brewing (Sawyer), Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter), Dragonmead Brewing (Warren), Frankenmuth, Latitude 42 (Portage), New Holland Brewing (Holland), Vandermill (Northville), North Peak Brewing (Dexter), Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven), Perrin (Grand Rapids) Right Brain (Traverse City), Rochester Mills (Pontiac), Saugatuck Brewing (Saugatuck), and Short’s Brewing (Bellaire).

The Festival also brings in these unique beers from across the country. From California (Green Flash and Lagunitas) to New York (Brooklyn) and breweries in between including Great Lakes (Ohio), New Belgium (Colorado), Rogue (Oregon) and Victory (Pennsylvania). There will also be the first casks in the state from Big Sky (Montana) and Brooklyn (New York).

Tickets are $45 at the door, and each ticket includes 12 drink tokens (more can be purchased on site), program and tasting notes, and festival glass. For the latest info on the Festival, including the list of rare and even unique beers, visit and follow the Festival’s Facebook page at Follow Ashley’s Westland on Twitter (@ashleyswestland) and use hashtag #micaskale.

About Ashley’s

Founded in 1983 next to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Ashley’s has been proud to serve its guests a wide selection of great beers from around the world for over three decades. Today, as “Michigan’s premier multi-tap,” Ashley’s features an ever-rotating lineup of flavorful draft beers from nearly 120 different taps at our two locations in Ann Arbor and Westland, as well as more than 80 bottled beer selections. Ashley's was rated one of the Top 100 Beer Bars by DRAFT Magazine in and Top 50 Beer Restaurants by and most recently as one of the Top 33 Craft Beer Bars in the Country by ThrillList

Images from 2014 Event

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.