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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

On the Trail with CASK!

The CASK! Toronto group have a couple of events taking place in April to highlight the deliciousness of cask ale that involve a pub crawl and a beer dinner.

During the April 3 -5th weekend, the CASK! group will be encouraging fans of the cask ale to venture out of the house to embark on a 'cask ale' crawl that will take you to six different pubs in Toronto. People will have the opportunity to try some of the best cask beer in the city while getting in some good pub time. Head out to the Victory Cafe, C'est What, Volo, The Rhino, the Granite, and the Mill Street Brew Pub

From CASK!:

Cask Ale Crawl (April 3rd – 5th various locations around Toronto)
Gather your friends and join the Cask Ale Crawl – an informal trail around six of Toronto’s best cask ale pubs. There is no fixed schedule or sequence, and no admission charge, just show up at each pub and sample the specially selected cask conditioned ales on offer. Up to 15 different cask ales in total. Pick up a festival passport at any participating pub and collect stamps at each stop to be entered into a prize draw. The event runs all weekend, starting on Friday April 3rd around 5:00 P.M. until Sunday April 5th (at each pub’s discretion and while supplies last). All pubs on the Crawl are accessible via TTC. Final list of beers available at each pub will be posted nearer the time.

Also, as I've had posted on the events section, the Cask! group will be holding a Beer Dinner at Toronto's Granite Brewery that will feature cask conditioned beers from Grand River, MacLean's and, of course, the Granite. The four course dinner will feature a different cask beer for every course, a guest speaker, door prizes and I would imagine - an informal tour of the brewing area. Tickets are $65 and can be obtained by contacting Robert Hughley at (416)462-3788.  The dinner will be in support of Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada. 

From CASK!:

Beer for a Cure Gourmet Cask Ale Dinner (April 25th Granite Brewery & Restaurant)
Four-course dinner matched with cask conditioned ales in support of Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada. Featuring new cask ales from MacLean's Ales and Grand River Brewing, plus additional cask ales from Granite Brewery. This event will be a real treat for anyone who likes good food and great real ale. And with St. George’s Day falling on April 23rd, this event is also being held in honour of England’s patron saint. The evening promises to be hugely entertaining with a guest speaker, silent auction and door prizes.

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