10 Beers We Fell in Love with at Cask Days 2019

Cask Days is an annual celebration of cask ales – unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally carbonated brews served directly from the barrel. This year, over 300(!)  beers and ciders were available to sample at Evergreen Brickworks, and while we couldn’t try them all (for obvious reasons), here are 10 of the Ontario brews we fell in love with.

Fairweather Brewing Company 

Pineapple Sour with Vanilla & Naga Viper Chillies This sour has bite! From tangy to smooth to the kick of heat – this is a wild ride, and we’re here for it.

Cowbell Brewing Company – Thunder and Lightning 

Blonde Ale with Ginger & Lemongrass Crisp, refreshing, and zesty! This blonde ale strikes a great balance. 

Bellwoods Brewery – Mega Coffee-Infused Imperial Stout

Imperial Stout with Coffee Holy coffee, batman! Extremely coffee forward with the light sweetness of a stout. Not for the faint of heart, but perfect for a coffee lover. 

 Muddy York – Tequila Daisy

Tequila Barrel-Aged Sour with Lime & Vancouver Island Sea Salt Attention margarita lovers: this one’s for you! 
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This Thursday, Oct 10th, we’ll be releasing Tequila Daisy Barrel-Aged Sour w/ Lime & Vancouver Island Sea Salt in 750mL bottles. Using a neutral lacto-fermented sour as a base for the beer, we then aged it in Tequila barrels; eventually adding lime zest and Vancouver Island Sea Salt to accentuate the tequila flavours. The result is a bright, tart, 7% ABV sour ale that exudes tequila, and tastes very much like a margarita. We named it Tequila Daisy after a classic cocktail developed in the 1930s, called The Daisy, which featured spirits, citrus juice, and grenadine – served over ice. Gin and Whiskey were most commonly used. That is until some genius bartender in Tijuana made it with tequila, adding lime juice and salt to replicate the traditional tequila shot. This cocktail was eventually re-named Margarita, which is Spanish for Daisy. It will be available on tap and in the retail fridge this Thursday. A limited quantity is available online now for pre-order.

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 Elora – Lodestar with Elderberry

Fruited Sour with Elderberry Part of Elora Brewing Company’s Lodestar lineup of fruited sours, this one features the tangy tartness of elderberry. A great addition to an already stellar lineup of seasonal sours. 

 Left Field X Dominion City – 1000 Victories

Ontario IPA Featuring local Ontario hops, barley, yeast, and honey – this juicy IPA offers all the components of a great IPA, with an authentic taste of place. 
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Taste true Ontario flavour! ⁣ 1,000 Victories Ontario IPA is a special collaboration with our friends from Ottawa’s @dominioncity – available in the Tap Room and Bottle Shop tomorrow, Thursday October 24th and online in the Fan Shop now! ⁣ -⁣ Named for the number of wins racked up by the late great Ottawa Lynx minor league team, this provincial brew is made with winning ingredients grown right here in Ontario! @barnowlmalt from Belleville, @VQHfarms Chinook and Centennial hops from Eden, @gibbshoney from Van Kleek Hill and yeast from Guelph’s @escarpmentlabs make this a truly Ontario IPA bursting with massive juicy pineapple aromas and flavours with tropical flourishes and a balanced bitter finish. #1000victories #ontarioIPA

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Rainhard – Cut and Run

Foeder Aged Sour with Blackberry, Lemon & Vanilla Fruity sweetness upfront balanced by vanilla, with a tart finish. 

Sawdust City – You Salty Dog

Beet Gose Sawdust City are marching to the beet of their own drum with this unique flavour profile. Earthy, salty, and slightly sour flavours combine for a refreshing gose style beer. 

Wellington Brewery – Duck Dive 

IPA with Blackberry & Chai Fruity, spicy, hoppy, tart – this IPA is chock-full of subtle complexities. 

Short Finger – N.E.S. 

New England Sour with Plums This funky sour strikes all the right chords. Fruity, tart, and full of plum flavour. 

If you couldn’t make it to Cask Days this year, fret not! You’ll be able to find Cask Days 2020 (and lots more awesome local events) when they are announced on our event calendar.

Cheers! 

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