Let’s face it, cask beer is the ultimate in “old school.” In the days before fancy draught systems and ornate tap handles, beer was poured either via gravity or by a hand pump. It was the beer was served for literally hundreds of years.
For a long time St. Louis was starved for cask beer. But then something magical happened and we started seeing more and more cask beer come into the area. This is not something to take for granted, it’s a very cool thing to see.
If you’re hankering for some delicious craft beer, here’s a few places to find it this week:
The Handlebar will be tapping a cask of Six Row Porter this Thursday, June 16th beginning at 6PM. This is the first cask of Porter that Six Row has served outside of their brewery. This porter was dry-hopped with Goldings that should give it a spicier aroma and flavor.
If hops are what you’re looking for then a trip out to Edwardsville may be in order. This Saturday, June 18th, starting at Noon, Bigelo’s Bistro will be tapping a cask of the always popular Schlafly AIPA. There is always a large contingent of STL Hops folks that attend these special cask tappings at Bigelo’s, so you’ll be in good company.
I’ve also been told that we’ll be seeing a few casks coming out of 2nd Shift Brewing in the next couple of months. The boys at 2nd Shift are always coming up with something interesting, so it’ll be cool to see what casks we’ll see from them.
So break out your boombox and your Reebok Pumps and kick it old school with some cask beer.