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Firkin Monday: Real Ale Cask Festival

Monday, September 15, 2014
From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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ECHO AfterDark presents


The largest cask beer event in Vermont History

Monday, September 15, 6 to 9 p.m.

ECHO AfterDark has teamed up with over a dozen regional breweries to present 15 varieties of one-of-a-kind brews created in casks or ‘firkins’ on Monday, September 15th.

The event is limited to 500 guests and will take place at ECHO from 6 to 9 p.m.

Participating breweries include: Lost Nation, Trapp Family Brewery, Foley Brothers Brewing, Brown’s Brewing Company, Baxter Brewing Company, Sebago Brewing, Rising Tide Brewing, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Shipyard Brewing Company, Keegan Ales,Otter Creek Brewing Company, The Shed Brewery, Burlington Beer Company, and the Allagash Brewing Company. Additionally, four breweries are collaborating to create two more casks of beer - Trapp Family Brewery with Otter Creek Brewing Company and Foley Brothers Brewing Company with Brown’s Brewing Company.

Additional support provided by g.housen distribution.

Brewers will be on hand to present their one-of-a-kind "real ales" and describe the ingredients and process they used to create them.

Ticket sales are limited to 500 guests. Prices are $20 for ECHO members and $25 for non members, limited to 10 tickets per transaction.  

Not an ECHO member? Go to our member enrollment page and sign up today. Tickets to members go on sale a week earlier. 

Tickets include tastings of all beers presented (each guest receives 15 drink tickets), commemorative tasting glass and light appetizers prepared by Bluebird Tavern. There will also be hearty food offerings by Bluebird Tavern available for purchase ($10) such as Beer Braised Smokehouse Bratwurst, Hot Kraut and Beer Mustard; Pulled Pork Sandwich, B&B Pickles and Coleslaw and; Shaved Lamb Leg, Pita, Hot Sauce, White Sauce. Everything that goes well with beer...YUM!


What is a Firkin? A firkin is a particular cask or barrel used in the fermentation of beer. It also defines a certain size or unit of ale. Firkin means “fourth” in Dutch and references a ¼ of the size of a typical ale or beer barrel. These casks were originally made of wood though many of the casks used today in the production of “real ale” are made of stainless steel

What is the difference between “real ale” and traditional commercial beer? Ultimately, the difference lies in the fermentation process and the use of filters and pasteurization. The beer most people purchase today are fermented, then filtered and pasteurized with CO2 added to create the “fizz”. These beers have a long shelf life and a consistent flavor. Cask beers or “real ale” undergo a second fermentation in the barrel and dispensed from that same barrel. No filtering, no pasteurization, no additives of any kind. Once opened, the beer must be consumed in a short amount of time (ideally within hours). No two cask beers are alike and so the one-of-a-kind uniqueness of each beer is fully appreciated.

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