Cask ale is an incredibly important part of the overall beer picture.
We thought this was a pretty good stance from which to start us off here. Cask ale, often called Real Ale is a beautiful, live product that is so inherently British as to be unique to our rainy isles. For those still a little lost, it’s the beers you see on the bar that are usually served via the use of hand pumps rather than fancy shiny keg fonts. It’s served a bit warmer, about 12 degrees, and, whilst not being flat, it certainly enjoys less carbonation than beers served out of the bottle or keg. It’s a product that requires careful handling and storage, as it has a secondary fermentation happening in the cask itself, making it some of the freshest and most interesting beer available.
We Brought Beer Cask Ale Festival
To celebrate our first birthday we are putting on a 10 day cask beer festival in the shop from 6th – 16th August. With 6 different beers on at all times, we’ll be featuring breweries such as Burning Sky, Magic Rock, Cloudwater, Salopian, Gipsy Hill and the newly launched Wimbledon Brewery.
Launch Night Tasting
On Wednesday 5th August, we are lucky enough to have the legendary brewer Derek Prentice coming to our shop to launch our cask beer festival in style with a talk and tasting of the beers being tapped that night. Tickets for this event are free but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list.
Having started out with Truman’s brewery when he was a teenager, Derek quickly established himself as one of London’s leading brewers, going on to become a key brewing figure for both Young’s and then Fuller’s. He has now thrown his hat in with the new Wimbledon Brewery, and will be talking about their beer, as well as the history of cask ale in general.
If you’re still unsure of his pedigree, the British Guild of Beer Writers voted him Brewer of the Year in 2013.
So come on down next Wednesday to meet one of the greatest brewmasters and begin our 10 day, first anniversary celebrations!