The 10th Annual Blue Point Cask Ales Festival was held Saturday, April 5th and it was a chance for brewers to serve their real ales to the 1,000+ thirsty patrons. When we weren’t walking around sampling from one of the hundred or so casks, we were at the Brewers East End Revival table serving Woody Appleson, our oak aged cider. This was our first experiment using oak chips and it resulted in a woody, tart and slightly sour cider. We were happy with the final product, as were some of the gluten free patrons at the fest who didn’t have any other beverage options. More on the brewing process coming soon, but for now this is all about the Cask Fest.
Along with the cider, our black saison/wine hybrid was also poured by Joe & Melissa over at the LIBME table, and we heard people enjoyed that as well. One standout came from Todd Long, president of Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts, with an Almond Joy beer. We liked it so much we went home with a 16 oz. growler that we are eager to enjoy again soon. Blue Point had the largest selection of the day, with takes on classics such as a Citrus No Apologies & sour Oatmeal Stout. They also offered pours of Hoptical Illusion right off the fermenter, which is just about as fresh as you’re ever going to get it. Port Jeff Brewing Company had Alicia’s favorite, the porter, with Ethiopian coffee added to the cask. Up and coming St. James Brewery were there in their typical Belgian fashion, pouring both a quad & dark strong ale. The cask fest is always one of the best beer events of the year and since so much goes on in the four short hours that doors are open, we will let the pictures speak for themselves.