I'm off this morning to the Atlanta area for the Decatur Beer Fest. If you're there on Saturday, please stop by and say hello. We'll be pouring our Heavy Seas line ... and Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale from a cask.
It'll be fresh.
Steve Marsh, Clipper City's cellarman, racked the beer into the firkin 9 days ago, priming it with a measure of high krausen Loose Cannon. That slurry contained enough yeast - and unfermented malt sugars to feed the yeast - to properly carbonate the firkin.
|[UPDATE: photo from fest, Saturday 20 October.|
Clipper City volunteer pulling 1/4 pint of cask
Loose Cannon for Athens beer entrepreneur Sachin Patel.
Festival recap here.]
So, today, the firkin will be sitting safely behind me in my car's passenger seat.
A festival closer to my home base is the Maryland Brewers Association Oktoberfest in Timonium. The proceeds, after expenses, go to the breweries of Maryland themselves. No third party organizers get your money. Most (but not I!) of Clipper City's brewing staff will be there.
And there's the NoVa Brew Fest - new this year - in Bull Run Regional Park.