This Saturday, February 22nd is a lovely chance to try some increasingly hard-to-find cask ales and check out newish Away Days Brewing. The bright British-style pub is an ode to modern sports pubs of London and brews a combination of popular American-styles and authentic English tributes. This Saturday Away Days is hosting their first ever Cask Fest 2020.
More from Away Days below, including the full taplist:
New to cask? Cask-conditioned beer, traditionally ale, is a long-standing tradition in English brewing that takes an extra amount of care from the brewer and cellar person.
The beer is racked into the cask unpasteurized and unfiltered to further condition. After the beer has fully matured it is served utilizing gravity or a hand pump at a slightly warmer temperature and lower carbonation than typical draft beer. This presentation creates a soft, full-flavored, living expression of a beer that will be unique from cask to cask and even pint to pint.
Tickets: We are pre-selling custom Away Days 20oz mugs and a first beer for $15, available through Eventbrite and at the brewery. Tickets are not required to enter, however custom mugs are limited and only guaranteed through pre-order.
Beers: We will be pouring a selection of eight cask-conditioned beers on the day, available at full or half pint pours. See the current list on the attached page. Final tap list details will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on the run up to the event.
Food: We will be serving up some of the best of British snacks from our neighbor and sister company, the Toffee Club.
CASK FEST 2020 TAP LIST
Baerlic Brewing Name: Dream Life Style: Farmhouse Ale ABV: 4.8% Description: A farmhouse ale brewed with sea salt, Meyer lemons and Triskel hops. A subtle balance of hay, fresh cut spring flowers and sweet citrus lay over a rustic malt bill of doughy wheat and pilsner malt.
Upright Brewing Name: Schade IPA Style: American IPA ABV: 6.7% Description: Straight up IPA with mosaic, vic secret, galaxy, and cascade hops. Fermented with American ale yeast, cask conditioned with Yorkshire ale yeast.
Level Beer Name: Throwing a Wobbly Style: English-Style Brown ABV: 51% Description: English-Style Brown Ale
Gigantic Brewing Name: LP Stout Style: Stout ABV: 5.7% Description: Sit back and get deep into the groove. Enjoy a sublime state of smooth, with notes of espresso, chocolate, and roast backed by a touch of caramel sweetness. A stout with a warm sound and lots of low-end punch.
Machine House Name: Oatmeal Stout Style: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 6.2% Description: Full bodied Stout brewed with Roasted Barley and Oats.
Machine House Name: Cambridge Bitter Style: English Ordinary Bitter ABV: 3.8% Description: Traditional Ordinary Bitter brewed with Golden Promise malt from Norfolk, England, and UK grown Progress hops
Away Days Brewing Co Name: Gareth Pale Style: American Pale ABV: 4.6% Description: A classic hopped up pale! Gareth has everything you need in a pleasantly pale pint. An homage to, arguably, the greatest American craft beer.
Name: Post Match Pilsner Style: Italian Style Pilsner ABV: 4.8% Description: A bright and aromatic Pilsner perfect for the Northwest beer drinker. We use three expressive European hops and a generous dry hopping in this Italian-style Pilsner. The hopping rates create a complex profile without sacrificing drinkability.
Name: Match of the Day IPA Style: West Coast IPA ABV: 6.2% Description: A West Coast IPA classic. Simcoe and Mosaic go head to head in an age-old rivalry.
Date: Saturday 22nd February Time: 12pm until the beer is gone! Address: Away Days Brewing Co. 1516 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.