Cask Days 2017 by the numbers

This year I bought the Baller Pass, which got me into all the sessions. The 12-hour shifts at Brunswick were such that I missed every beer festival I wanted to go to, so I decided to splurge. I couldn’t make it to all of the sessions; I was getting sick and went home just before the end of the Saturday afternoon session. There was way too much going on for a full write up, so here are the basic numbers: Number of sessions attended: 3 Favourite session: 1 Number of tokens bought: 36 Number of tokens left at the end: …

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Cask Days 2015

Three sessions (one as volunteer, two as drinker). I tried 43 different casks according to my notes. Ow. Highlights: the white chocolate stout and blueberry sour by Blood Brothers in Toronto. I might have to venture to the west end more often. Hanlan’s Point, a bourbon barrel porter with coconut and coffee, a collab between Great Lakes and Bar Hop Trou de Diable’s Ze Blend on whiskey oak chips, a most delicious sour. Dieu de Ciel’s Tamarind Gose and Solstice D’Hiver barleywine. Sweet merciful heaven, both were so good. So many awesome conversations! Disappointments I was so damned happy to …

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Cask Days

So, I actually thought trying to live blog Cask Days was doable. Silly me. That idea lasted up until my friend Katherine and I were standing by the California casks with our first samples in our glass, talking to Sarah and Dennis who I had met at last year’s event. At that point I decided it was going to be far more fun to drink and talk to people rather than peck away at my phone-sized keyboard. I won’t say that the day went pear-shaped, but it got busy. We talked to so many people, running into Robin The Beer …

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An attempt to live blog Cask Days

It’s 11:30. I’ve got my stuff together: umbrella, printout of what I want to try, wallet, phone, pen, notebook and the two tokens I found in a pocket after last year’s Cask Days. I’m ready. Or I will be after I dry my hair and get dressed. 4:25 Hahaha yeah. Too busy talking to people and drinking great beer to bother with blogging or social networking. What was I thinking?

Cask Days 2013

Cask Days 2013 is the first beer event I’ve gone to in about 8 years. The last one was at the Toronto Beer Festival when it was still at Old Fort York. I’d gone one year and had a great time with some friends tasting beer and enjoying the sunshine. The next year it should have been called Frat Boy Fest. I spent most of my time dodging drunken 20-somethings with 6-packs reconfigured as hats and avoiding the increasing puddles of sick as the afternoon went on. I didn’t go again. To quote Danny Glover’s character in Lethal Weapon, I …

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