We did Cask Day 1, evening session. We opted for Ralph's Reality tour in the early admission. Poor Ralph had laryngitis, so he walked with us while Luc led the tastings. He's a brewer from Quebec who is opening his brewery in Toronto soon. He brews with BarVolo and likely many of you know him. His palette is highly educated, which really made the tastings memorable.
Highlights from the tasting included Washington's Machine House Best Bitter (#23), UK's Beavertown Smog Smoked Porter (#76), Quebec's Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d"Hiver Barley Wine (#154), and a West Avenue Cider (I forgot to circle the number!).
The number of casks this year was almost overwhelming, if you're doing only one session. We focused on Washington, California, Quebec, and Ontario.
I found things were better organized and ran more smoothly than last year (lessons learned?). Provost, in this thread, asked if things were running out on Friday evening. Yes, there were some Quebec offerings that were gone by around 10:30.
The food was terrific, and Brando's fried chicken was a standout.
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