13 October 2010

Last(?) Real Ale Fest Update UPDATED

There are still tickets available for the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival this coming Saturday, October 16th. Sponsored by the Society For The Preservation of Beers From The Wood and Pratt Street Ale House, the cask list growing bigger (and more delicious!) each day.  Last night, confirmed by the importer: 2009 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, very high on any true beer aficionado's "must try before you die" list.  "Unfortunately," said Legends Limited rep Erin Tyler, "they found that the wooden barrels they had been sending tended to leak, so it's coming in a metal firkin."

Not to worry, at least one wooden cask has been pledged to the festival: Ruddy Duck's brand-new oak cask, seen here in action with Ruddy Duck's ESB at the BAM Oktoberfest last Saturday.......  Well, it had been promised; no word on if it actually got carried north to Baltimore as of yet.....

Here's the semi-final list just issued by head firkin wrangler Stephen Jones of PSAH  (in no particular order of merit):

From Scotland, BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran & BrewDog Dogma
From England, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (2009)
Flying Fish, New Jersey:  Abbey Dubbel + one other
Oskar Blues, Colorado: [something] dry hopped with Cascade
Crispin Cider, Minnesota: Brier Rabbit
Lagunitas: --
Boulder: --
Victory, Pa.:  Pursuit Pale Ale
Stillwater Autumnal
Brewer’s Art: Ozzy + Seven Beauties rye Ale
Troegs:Pale Ale dry-hopped with Simcoe Hops
Red Brick Station: --
Heavy Seas: Loose Cannon + Pale Ale (both dry hopped with local hops)
Flying Dog: Raging Bitch + Single Hop Imperial IPA
Dog Brewery:  Pub Dog French Oak Vanilla Black Dog Stout
DuClaw: Double Dry hopped Venom Pale Ale + Sawtooth(Wit) with Red Clover added to the cask
Baltimore Beer Works: The Raven Lager
Brewer’s Alley: --
Stone, Calif.: Smoked Porter
Evolution, Del;./Md.: Lot 3 IPA
Oliver’s/Stillwater: Channel Crossing#2 with French Oak
Oliver’s:  Freddie’s Revenge + High Tea + My Monkey’s Got Wood (oak barrel) + Bishop’s Breakfast with coffee + Bishop’s Breakfast with vanilla + Bishop’s Breakfast with chipotle (and Best Bitter, ESB and Old Habit on the beer engines)

Other stuff MIGHT show up.  If it appears, just shut up, don't ask too many questions, and enjoy.

A reminder that the Baltimore Marathon is determined to screw things up for even the most dedicated beer fans........

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