Six years ago, in 2007, the Evening Star Cafe, in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, had never before served cask-conditioned ale. That would all change on the evening before Thanksgiving.
That night, the pub tapped a firkin (10.8 gallon cask) of Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Clipper City Brewing Company (of Baltimore, Maryland). A tradition had begun. And, it's been a cask of Loose Cannon for Thanksgiving Eve every year since.
The tradition continues this Wednesday. We tap the firkin at 6 pm.
Thanksgiving Tradition = The Annual Hand Turkeys with Jimmy Party at the Evening Star. This Wednesday night beginning at 8 & featuring the Joe Chiocca Band, a cask of Loose Cannon, a ton of good friends. No cover and everyone's invited!
Facebook page for Evening Star Cafe.
- 2011: Thanksgiving Eve Tradition Continues (with an assist). Evening Star was closed for renovations in November of 2011, so the tapping was moved 2 blocks up to Del Ray Pizzeria.
- 2010: Thanksgiving beer from the wood.
- 2009: Evening Star's Pre-Thanksgiving Cask Bash.
- 2008: Take a firkin break from cooking the turkey.
- 2007: Cask ale and giving thanks.
- What's so special about cask-conditioned ale. Read more at CaskAle USA.
- Clipper City Brewing is now known as Heavy Seas. Same brewery, location, and ownership: just a new name.
- Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virginia— I sell the beers of Heavy Seas.