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SixRow_logoI don’t care if we’re just “faking” cask ale in America, I think it’s pretty damned delicious.  I’ll also admit that I’ve never had the “real” thing, so I have no comparison.  But, I’ve yet to meet a cask of beer I didn’t like.

And let’s face it, if you have a beer that’s hop forward, that’s when the cask really takes something great and turns it into something extraordinary.  So, it’s on that note that I’m happy to announce that Six Row Brewing Company will be offering up a special version of their Centennial Rye tonight that they’ve dubbed: Centennial Drye.

Why the name change for this cask?  It’s because they’ve dry-hopped it with a bit more Centennial hops, to give it a bigger hop aroma and flavor.  Here’s a description of the standard Centennial Rye:

Much like an American-Style wheat beer, light, crisp, and refreshing, but with a twist-the use of rye malt, adding a nice, almost tart character to this seasonal brew. Unlike an IPA, it uses its namesake hop, Centennial, to add a citrus and grapefruit finish without overpowering the subtle spiciness of the rye. Perfect for warmer weather!

(ABV: 6.5%, Bitterness Units: 27 IBUs, Color: 5 SRM, Original Gravity: 13.7 Degrees Plato)

With a couple of other beer events going on, tonight sounds like a great night for a Midtown beer geek gauntlet.

codfestlogo2.gifI don’t know how this just snuck up on me, but it looks like  Schlafly‘s annual Cod and Cask Festival takes place this Friday February 11th (5PM to Midnight) and Saturday February 12th (5PM to Midnight). Schlafly brings in the freshest cod to serve up multiple ways!

If that wasn’t enough, what goes better with Fish and Chips but cask-conditioned ale? These beers are carbonated in the cask and hand pumped up to the bar at “cellar temperature” to provide the most authentic experience this side of the pond.

Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene assures me that he’s is doing his best this year to make sure cask beer is available all weekend, but just to be certain I would show up as early as you can on Friday to make sure you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Here’s the line-up of just some of casks that we can be expecting over the weekend:

English IPA
American Brown Ale
Scotch Ale
APA
Oatmeal Stout
and a few others

codfestlogo2.gifFish and chips, fresh cod and Real Ale? Where do I sign up? Well, luckily no sign up is required to attend Schlafly‘s 2010 Cod and Cask Festival on Friday February 5th (5PM to Midnight) and Saturday February 6th (5PM to Midnight). Schlafly brings in the freshest cod as well as bringing in Icelandic Chef Hakon Orvarsson to help serve up all of this fish!

If that wasn’t enough, what goes better with Fish and Chips but cask-conditioned ale? These beers are carbonated in the cask and hand pumped up to the bar at “cellar temperature” to provide the most authentic experience this side of the pond.

Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene assures me that he’s is doing his best this year to make sure cask beer is available all weekend, but just to be certain I would show up as early as you can on Friday to make sure you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Here’s the line-up of casks that we can be expecting over the weekend:

APA – Dry Hopped with Simcoe
APA – Dry Hopped with Cascade & Chinook
APA – Dry Hopped with Simcoe & Columbus
APA – Dry Hopped with Columbus
Brown Ale
English IPA – Dry Hopped with Goldings
English IPA – Dry Hopped with Northdown
Oatmeal Stout
Scotch Ale
Smoked Porter
Porter – From Sixpoint Craft Ales
Scotch Ale  – From Sixpoint Craft Ales

While these obviously won’t be ready for next week’s Cod and Cask Festival at the Schlafly Tap Room, they will be ready this spring.  I hope you like Real Ale, because we’re about to get a whole lot of it!

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