Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cask Lineup at NoVa BrewFest

The weather-folk are saying that storms on Friday should clean out the air. Saturday will be sunny, less humid, and with temperatures in the low 90s. Sunday should be the same, but with a few more clouds.

That sounds like ideal summer beer festival weather... for the Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest in Leesburg, Virginia.

Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest

'A Celebration of American Beer' will be held at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA, from 11am-9pm Saturday, and 11am-7pm Sunday. The BrewFest will feature over 50 of America’s best breweries, a variety of food to complement the craft beers, and great Virginia local and regional bands to entertain you.

Admission tickets for the BrewFest purchased on the day of the event will be $25 for a sa
mpling ticket. Admission tickets are available prior to the opening of the event for $20.

For the first time, the festival will feature casks from several breweries in addition to the very large choice of kegged beer.

Here's the cask ale lineup:
  • Allagash (Maine): Cureiuex (Jim Beam-aged Triple); Black (Belgian-style stout)
  • Bells (Michigan): Oberon
  • Brooklyn (New York): Blast! (double India Pale Ale)
  • Clipper City (Maryland): Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale (double India Pale Ale)
  • Dogfish Head (Delaware): tbd
  • Duck Rabbit (North Carolina): tbd
  • Flying Dog (Maryland): Gonzo Imperial Porter
The firkins from Flying Dog and the Clipper City will be served via handpumps.

Fair Dinkum!
  • More on the festival from Musings over a Pint: lineup and shuttle bus.
  • Festival website:
  • If you're Tweeting at the fest, please use hashtag #novabrewfest. For Flickr, TwitPic, etc., please use NovaBrewFest as a tag.
UPDATE: photos from day one now posted.


  1. Can't wait for it. This event just keeps getting better. I should be pouring Sunday afternoon. See everyone there.

  2. Hooray! Thank you for bringing casks to the BrewFest! I'm really glad (for my sake) that they were under the radar (or under advertised), so they didn't fly off the shelves, so to speak. The cost of two tickets might have helped scare off the "fizzy yellow beer" drinkers, though...

    So, for my two cents' worth: I got to sample Allagash Cureiuex (great on tap, amazing on cask) but missed out on Black. Didn't see a Bells cask, though I did luck into a taste of Hopslam. I got there right as you were putting away Blast! (appropriately named - I didn't get to try it!). As you might know, I started my cask tour with Loose Cannon (always a pleasure). As for Dogfish, I didn't see a cask for them either. I was the one who got the very last hiccup of 120 IPA on Saturday, and made sure to try 60 straight up and out of the Randall. What a treat! Furthermore, Kevin had a bottle of Theobroma hidden in the cooler. That man knows how to celebrate a festival. Then Duck Rabbit and Flying Dog... You know which porter I preferred (Gonzo - very tasty), but to be fair, you said there was an issue of explosion on Saturday. I'm glad it survived!

    Again, cheers to real ale! I'm really looking forward to the next event, at which I'll be sure to bring CDs. Thanks for the Orgy In Rhythm nod. That site looks great! It will help keep my desire to spend ungodly amounts of money at record stores down!


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