Cask nights give beer fans the opportunity to try unique brews that aren’t served anywhere else. So what is a cask and what does it have to do with beer? Well, the cask contains beer and the beer inside it has been given extra love by the people who brewed it.
Cask-conditioned beer is natural, unfiltered and unpasteurized. The beer is given time to mature in the cask and additional hops are often added to the beer to give it a unique flavour. The carbonation in the cask beer is natural—unlike its store bought cousins that come in the form of bottles and cans, additional CO2 has not been added to the beer to carbonate it. All of this results in a beer that is unique to the cask night at which it is served.
Edmonton currently has two regular cask nights per month thanks to Alley Kat Brewing. The Next Act hosts one at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month and Sugarbowl hosts one at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Be sure to arrive early as tables fill up fast and the beer goes quick. Once the cask is empty, that’s it.
* Photo snapped at Sugarbowl by Uncorked Gluttony.