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Cask and Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Real Ale Festival

LA craft beer drinkers may think they know what Cask Ale (aka Real Ale) is, but in reality most of us don’t know as much as we think we do. Hint: Casks are not simply a novel dispensing method in which additional ingredients are added to an already fermented and finished beer, despite the popularity of their use as just that on the local beer scene.

In Southern California, where underground cellars are few and far between, and it seldom gets to 55º F (the temperature at which cask ale should be stored and served) except on winter evenings, we definitely do not live in cask country. All of which makes the recent debut of MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. in Van Nuys — which brews (almost) exclusively traditional, British-style cask-conditioned ales and serves them from beer engines in its on-premises taproom — such a welcome anomaly to the ever-growing LA craft beer scene.

Join moderator Tomm Carroll of Celebrator Beer News and Beer Paper LA, along with MacLeod Ale owners Alastair and Jennifer Boase, Brewer C. Andy Black, and some Cask Ale experts (TBA) for an enlightening, educational, self-carbonated and cellar-temperature’d discussion and tasting experience of cask-conditioned ales at MacLeod’s Real Ale Festival on Tuesday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. Besides MacLeod, cask beers from many of LA’s craft breweries will also be featured. Admission is free.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 19:00 to 22:00
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