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Monday, June 16, 2008

Victory Summer Cask Ale Festival

4 weeks until another Cask festival and I am already getting excited. Ralph from Volo introduced me to the world of Cask conditioned beers when I first starting getting into the beer scene and I've been hooked ever since. Granite's Best Bitter Special and Durham's Hop Addict are two of my favourite beers, both cask products. I am really looking forward to this one though as it gives me an excuse to get back to the Victory Cafe, a place I've only ever been to once and I loved it, it's my kind of pub.

Here is the press from the hospitable Maz:
When: Sunday July 13th 2008
12:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Where: The Victory Café, 581 Markham Street, Toronto

The Victory Café is hosting a cask ale festival on the patio this July as part of ‘Pedestrian Sundays’, the summer street festival in Mirvish Village, Toronto. The aim of this cask festival is to celebrate local traditional cask ales and to introduce new people to this wonderful product.

Cask conditioned ale, also known as ‘real ale’, is beer that is brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, water, yeast and hops) and matured naturally in the cask where it undergoes a secondary fermentation. This imparts unique characteristics and greater depth of flavour. Cask ale is a fresh, natural product and is free from the hemicals and preservatives found in many of today’s mass-produced beers.

There will be ten traditional cask beers on offer, all from local brewers. The full list of beers will be announced at a later date. (I will post more details as they become available).

Beer samples will be offered by the half-pint measure, purchased with a beer ticket available at the festival. A food buffet will also be available. The cost of admission is $6.50 per person, payable at the event, which includes a souvenir glass and two half-pint sample tickets. A $10.00 admission includes access to the food buffet. Additional beer and food tickets will be available at a reasonable price.

For more info contact Maz Brereton: or 416-894-6105

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