Sure, you’ve consumed plenty of beer over the years, but have you ever had real ale? Yes, those hop-filled brews you sipped, and the buzz you may have felt afterward did exist, but they weren’t necessarily real. Real ales are top-fermented beers that complete their secondary fermentation in the containers from which they are served—they’re also known as cask ales. They’re served at cellar temperatures and are not fermented or pasteurized. Many say real ales are beer in its most delicious, natural state.
If you come to town on Saturday, April 21, you can taste ten of them at the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall’s Virginia Cask Festival. Your ticket, $20 in advance and $25 at the door, gets you in to one of two four-hour sessions from noon to 4 p.m. or 6 to 10 p.m. Along with admission, you’ll get a glass to keep and eight two-ounce tastings. If that’s not enough, you can also buy more tastes for $2 each. The Virginia breweries there will include:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Richmond-based Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Richmond-based Legend Brewing Company
Mad Fox Brewing Company
O’Connnor Brewing Company
Port City Brewing Company
Starr Hill Brewery
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
St. George Brewing Company
Sounds like a perfectly hop-filled festival. Cheers!
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