Cask Days - Oct 24-26, 2014

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Postby northyorksammy » Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:11 am

having sierra neveda fresh cask in Toronto will be sweet, as well as many others that may make it to sunday
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Postby GregClow » Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:11 am

midlife crisis wrote:Fantastic (overwhelming, really) list. I note that "5 oz pour = 1 token [$2.50]" but imported beers are $5 per 5 oz pour. Just wondering what is meant by imported, i.e. US and UK, or also extra-provincial?


IIRC, the $5/5 oz cost only applied to out-of-country beers last year.
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Postby Craig » Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:14 am

lister wrote:
Craig wrote:I'm going to slowly mark this up with BA/RB ratings and such. The sheet is editable, so feel free to do the same if you want.


I did something like that last year only to have the list order change frequently.

Just a FYI.

I started working on something to dynamically grab the web page and do the better formatting magic but that reinforced how much I hate mucking around with HTML and I gave up.


Me too. I'll try to keep it up to date, but I'm not promising anything.
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Postby JerCraigs » Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:47 am

That's an impressive list! The ciders look especially interesting.

I really really hoppy they aren't serving all those IPA challenge beers blind.
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Postby J343MY » Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:44 am

looks like a very solid list overall, but I'm not sure why a third of the California beers have goofy shit added to them.
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Postby skaghevn » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:04 pm

J343MY wrote:looks like a very solid list overall, but I'm not sure why a third of the California beers have goofy shit added to them.

One man's goofy is another man's wunderbar -- happy to see a goodly number with chillies added. I still miss GLB's Peach & Pepper Ale.
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Postby lister » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:12 pm

skaghevn wrote:
J343MY wrote:looks like a very solid list overall, but I'm not sure why a third of the California beers have goofy shit added to them.

One man's goofy is another man's wunderbar -- happy to see a goodly number with chillies added. I still miss GLB's Peach & Pepper Ale.


I like the goofy shit too. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. There's lots of beers there that are normal.

That Peach & Pepper Ale was fantastic!
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Postby A » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:24 pm

Can there be any doubt at this point that this event is World Class? I'm not sure if any other single festival world wide could be considered to have a substantially better lineup than this.
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Postby midlife crisis » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:26 pm

I'll second "goofy". I will leave all the beers with kaffir leaves, cucumber, thyme, zest of any kind, peppercorns, chillies (ugh) and cacao nibs for you guys. Far too many of those on the list for my taste, particularly from CA. But as you say, there is plenty of beer for everybody.
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Postby Craig » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:37 pm

midlife crisis wrote:I'll second "goofy". I will leave all the beers with kaffir leaves, cucumber, thyme, zest of any kind, peppercorns, chillies (ugh) and cacao nibs for you guys. Far too many of those on the list for my taste, particularly from CA. But as you say, there is plenty of beer for everybody.


I wasn't interested in an IPA with cucumber, tangelo and lime until I notice it was African cucumber. Now I gotta have it!
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Postby Kish84 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:46 pm

JerCraigs wrote:I really really hoppy they aren't serving all those IPA challenge beers blind.
From the IPA Challenge Page:

THIRTY TWO INDIA PALE ALES FROM MICRO BREWERIES ACROSS CANADA GO HEADS UP IN A SINGLE ELIMINATION BRACKET TOURNAMENT. ALL IPA'S WILL BE SERVED BLIND AND ON CASK. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

That's really my only knock on the event as I would just like to try the IPAs I want.
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Postby icemachine » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:52 pm

A wrote:Can there be any doubt at this point that this event is World Class? I'm not sure if any other single festival world wide could be considered to have a substantially better lineup than this.


I'd venture that GBBF, GABF, Brussels Beer weekend and Mondiale are probably all a step ahead still, but Cask Days is right there.
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Postby Craig » Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:01 pm

icemachine wrote:
A wrote:Can there be any doubt at this point that this event is World Class? I'm not sure if any other single festival world wide could be considered to have a substantially better lineup than this.


I'd venture that GBBF, GABF, Brussels Beer weekend and Mondiale are probably all a step ahead still, but Cask Days is right there.


I think I'd take this lineup over Mondiale (Montreal) this year. That could change once I see what's available in which session, of course.
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Postby Cass » Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:20 pm

A wrote:Can there be any doubt at this point that this event is World Class? I'm not sure if any other single festival world wide could be considered to have a substantially better lineup than this.


Clearly world class, but it depends on what your definition of 'better' is. GABF boasts 700 breweries and 3,000 beers. But yeah, the combination of selection and overall experience puts CD up there for sure.

FoBaB last year had 200+ beers and was the 'best' selection IMO that I was privy to in 2013.
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