Thursday, May 01, 2014

The 7th Annual Michigan Cask Ale Festival will take place May 3rd hosted by Ashley’s Bar And Grill located in the Westland Shopping Center.

Written by  Aimee West
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Ashley's is excited that this year will be the largest lineup of cask-conditioned and served craft beer – and the largest available at one time anywhere in the state!
Over 30 cask ales from well known breweries all over the state of Michigan, the US and as far away as England will be pouring from Noon to 5 this Saturday. Guests will enjoy live music, talking and learning with brewers and brewery representatives all while eating a fabulous selection of snacks and entrees. National Homebrew Day is also celebrated on May 3rd as well so look for exhibits highlighting this important day.
Participating Michigan breweries include Arbor (Ypsilanti), Arcadia Ales (Battle Creek), Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo), Brewery Vivant (Grand Rapids), Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids), Greenbush Brewing (Sawyer), Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter), Dragonmead Brewing (Warren), Latitude 42 (Portage), Liberty Street Brewing (Plymouth), New Holland Brewing (Holland), Vandermill (Northville), North Peak Brewing (Dexter), Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven), Right Brain (Traverse City), Saugatuck Brewing (Saugatuck), and Short’s Brewing (Bellaire).

The Festival also brings in quality cask ales from across the country and border to border. From California (Green Flash and Lagunitas) to New York (Blue Point) and Maryland (Heavy Seas). From the great breweries here in Michigan to Louisiana (Abita) and places in between such as Utah (Epic) and Colorado (New Belgium). From England, Harviestoun brewery will be represented.

Cask ale is an important part of brewing history and Ashley’s is honored to be keeping this centuries-old way of serving ale in its unfiltered and naturally carbonated (by live yeast) state. When you allow the live yeast to grow and thrive you create a more complex, delicately flavored beer, this is how the brewer master intended the beer to taste.caskfest 2012

Roy More, co-owner of Ashley's says “Most venues don’t handle cask ale, or what we call ‘the craft beer of craft beer,’ because the living nature of the beers means they require special handling and serving techniques,” which is why this festival is so important “As the market for craft beer expands, more and more beer lovers are seeking something special, and Ashley’s is committed to providing them with unique taste experiences they can’t find anywhere else.” this is where Ashley's Cask Ale festival shines. They bring a unique product from all over the world to the Westland area.

This year is the first year the festival will take place outside.

Each festival ticket includes admission, program and tasting notes, and 12 drink tokens. Advance tickets are $40 and walk in tickets are $45. Last year sold out so purchase your ticket early. There is also a DD ticket available.

 Use code “BH5OFF” to save $5.00 on your ticket.

Aimee West

Aimee West

Is new to the craft beer scene but always willing and wanting to learn more.