Every year the Fest-Of-Ale seems to get better just like this year. With being a one of the beer judges for three years straight now Murderers Row ends up being my favourite event of the weekend. With the prospect of judging beer starting at 10am Saturday we have to take Friday’s festival and after parties easy. With the judging done and lots of food sampled on Saturday the Murderers Row Cask event is when we can let loose. Like every year the Cask event was held at the Kettle Valley Station Pub in Penticton right after the festival but took a separate ticket than the event and is hard to come by. With every brewery that has a cask on tap having a few people at the cask event and many other breweries staff hanging out you are guaranteed to meet people in the beer industry at this party.
In the past the ticket included a branded glass but this year they changed things up. Everyone in attendance this year got a T-shirt with the event logos. We also got our first pint of beer free. With the change of glassware this year though there was a new option added. You could either buy a pint of one of the casks or a flight making it much easier to test out all 14 casks! A task that would be fool hardy if they only poured pints.
Cask Line up 2016
Bad Tattoo Brewing – The Early Scotch
Steamworks Brewing – Farmhouse Wheast Ale with Pink Peppercorns
Crannog Ales – Death of a Sales-Rep ESB
Tin Whistle Brewing – Back, Beast! Peach and Apricot ESB
Red Collar Brewing – Dry Hopped Cherry Sour
Red Truck Beer Co – Blood Orange Lager
Parallel 49 Brewing – Tangerine Hefe Dream
Tree Brewing – Sm-Oaked IPA
Central City Brewers & Distillers – Superstellar with Strawberry
Cannery Brewing – Kiek in de Kok Baltic Porter
Powell Street Craft Brewery – Belgian Wit with Hibiscus
Fernie Brewing – Saisons in the Abyss
Firehall Brewery – Noteworthy Gin & Tonic Cocktail Cask
Phillips Brewing – Space Goat Dry Hopped Oat Pale Ale
Like every year I tried to sample every cask and I was so close this year only missing one cask. My big mistake was that I missed the same bloody cask two years in a row. I need to try out Firehall Brewery’s Gin and Tonic beer!
This continues to be one of my favourite cask events every year! The only cask event that comes close is held in Surrey twice a year. with great beer, great people and a great live musician it makes for an amazing night!