WESTLAND – More than two dozen beers from across Michigan, the U.S. and even Europe will be tapped and served May 12, at the Michigan Cask Ale Festival at Ashley’s Beer & Grill in Westland.
This is the fifth time Ashley’s has organized the festival, which occurs annually on the second Saturday of May and offers attendees the opportunity to sample from the largest selection of “real ales” available at one time anywhere in Michigan.
“Cask ale, or real ale, is the traditional way to enjoy beer, unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated straight out of the vessel the beer fermented in,” says Jeff More, co-owner of Ashley’s. “The result is a fresher, more complex and delicate flavor, much closer to the way the brewer intended the beer to taste.”
This year’s festival is the largest yet, featuring 26 cask beers from 20 breweries including well known Michigan breweries like Arcadia, Dark Horse, New Holland and Shorts as well as relative newcomers to the Michigan market such as Blue Point (Long Island, NY) and Epic (Salt Lake City, Utah). Festgoers will be able to ask questions and learn more about cask ale from brewers and representatives from many of the participating breweries.
Some confirmed beers include Framboozled Raspberry Sour Ale from Arbor Brewing, Dry-hopped Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing, and Pineapple and Coconut “Dry-hopped” Maibock from Wolverine State Brewing. Two European beers will also be tapped: Granit Bock, a “stein beer” brewed with heated stones from Brauerei Hofstetten in Austria, and an “Engineer’s Reserve” version of Old Engine Oil Dark Beer from the UK’s Harviestoun Brewery.
Although tickets for the festival sold out in April, Ashley’s has created a “wait list” for those wishing to take advantage of cancellations and is working on various approvals to set up a beer tent in the parking lot, which will enable more tickets to be sold. Visit micaskale.ashleys.com to get on the wait list for tickets as they become available, and follow “Michigan Cask Ale Festival” on Facebook for the latest additions and updates.