If you don’t already have a ticket to tomorrow’s sold out Washington Cask Beer Festival at Seattle Center, well, I’d suggest you have a good day watching the NCAA tourney. But, for those of you that do have tickets, the excitement is likely building as your session inches closer. With over 90 cask beers available this year, there is going to be plenty to choose from. You can see the full beer list here. Following are a few beers I plan to target myself:
Black Raven Brewing Wisdom Seeker Double IPA – One of the best Imperial IPAs available anywhere, in my opinion. You can read more about my love of this beer here.
Mac & Jack’s Barrel-Aged Bourbon Porter – Mac & Jack’s, well-known for their African Amber, always brings something interesting to pour at the cask fest. I believe this is the first time they’ve brought anything barrel-aged, and I can’t wait to try it.
Fremont Brewing 420.2407 Smoked IPA – I’m really not even sure what to say about this one. But, I sure want to try it. I love IPAs, and I love smoked beers. I am skeptical that they’ll work well when combined, but we’ll see.
Big Al Sourlicious – Big Al has been doing really well with his sour beer experiments, and I’ve heard this is no exception.
Ram Groovy Toasted Coconut Porter – I believe this beer won 1st place in voting at one of the sessions last year, and it is one of my favorite styles.
Redhook Imperial IPA – I remember an Imperial IPA that Redhook brought to the summer beer festival a couple of years ago that was pretty darn good. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.
Big Time Perspective IPA – In a lineup full of great IPAs, this has been one of my favorites from Big Time. I’m not sure I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying it on cask.
Also, check out the article in the Seattle Times today about the cask fest, as well as how cask beer is growing in popularity in Seattle.