Friday, April 27, 2012

3rd annual Spring Real Ale Fest: Baltimore, Md.

Chesapeake Spring Real Ale Fest

This Saturday's Spring Real Ale Festival —at the Pratt Street Ale House in downtown Baltimore, Maryland— is the baby brother of the long-running Chesapeake Real Ale Festival held in the fall. Even so, $40 entitles a festival-goer to a plethora of cask ales. The count stands now at twenty-two, although organizer Steve Jones —brewer for host Oliver Ales— predicts more.

Some new and special additions to the roster include:
  • Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
  • Heavy Seas Plank II, with added Yellow Poplar & Eucalyptus and dry hopped with Liberty.
  • Weyerbacher Blanche
  • Williams Brothers Brewery Scottish Heavy
  • From host Oliver Ales, on hand-pulled beer engine:
    • Ape Must Never Kill Ape: Belgian inspired dark ale, 3.3%, with vanilla beans
    • Jacob's Winter Celebration, aged 4 months in oak barrel over juniper berries
    • James Brown Ale, aged over red oak.
  • Full list of all casks: here.
Strongman 'real ale' Pale Ale (01)

So, for admittance from 1-6pm, one receives: "all the great cask ale" one can drink, a souvenir mug to bring home, live music from Table Top Poets, grilled and raw oysters, pit beef sandwiches on the patio. At festival's end, growlers can be filled for $5.

For an additional $20, one becomes a 'VIP,' gains early admittance —an hour earlier, at 12 noon— and samples from three additional casks:
The Firkin Waits 02

UPDATE: Photos from the fest: here.

The 3rd annual Spring Real Ale Festival
Saturday, 28 April 1-6pm.

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