Right after Day Two of the Fest-Of-Ale on April 5th, 2014was the Murderers Row Cask Event. The Murderers Row Cask Event is held at the Kettle Valley Station Pub and was the Third Annual event. It is a small event and sells out quite quickly but is well worth getting tickets for. This year casks were brought in by Cannery Brewing, Crannog Ales, Firehall Brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing, Tin Whistle Brewing, Tree Brewing. I had every intention of trying all 6 brews that were tapped but good intentions don’t always work out. This festival does not play around as from what I can guess each our is a 20oz pour or pretty close. If I had not judged earlier in the day I may have made it though all six. I struggled through three amazing beer but could not drink anymore. The following are the beers I did have a chance to try. Hoppin Spring Saison – Parallel 49 Brewing This beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consisted of sweet fruit esters, yeast and citrus rind. The flavour was of a smooth yeasty flavour with wheat, fruity esters, oranges and citrus rind. This was a very tasty saison and a really interesting take on their Hay Fever Spring Saison. Cannery IPA with Wild Honey and Citra Hops – Cannery Brewing The beer poured a cloudy brown colour with a creamy white head. The aroma consisted of caramel malts, honey, citrus and hops. The flavour is of caramel malts, semi sweet honey, citrus and hops bitterness. The Honye and Citra hops really made for a flavorful IPA. This just made a great IPA taste that much better. Hand Truck Porter – Crannog Brewing The beer poured a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma consisted of roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee and an overall sweetness. The flavour was of roasted malts, lots of chocolate, coffee, smoke and was very smooth. Not a surprise that Crannog Brewing made a great ale! Like any cask festival this event was full of real craft beer aficionados. Everyone was so friendly and so happy to chat about craft beer and especially the casks that were on offer.
Here are some photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing
Full sized versions of my photos can be found here. Bye the time I finished my third glass I was feeling fairly Murdered and I headed back to the Penticton Ranada right behind the pub to crash. I look forward to hitting this event up in the future as it was an amazing event.