Herbert (Bert) Grant was nothing if not original. The founder of Grant’s Ale moved to Yakima, Washington almost 30 years ago and single handedly created the vibrant craft beer culture that we all enjoy today. Well, that is probably what he would have told you. He was a character, for sure, and is a true brewing legend. In his honor, members of the Washington Brewers Guild have been brewing a special beer each year — Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale, which is brewed exclusively for the annual Washington Cask Beer Festival.
Just to be clear, the name of the beer is Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale. It is also known as “Herbert’s'” or “The Herbert’s.”
Essentially, a bunch of brewers get together and work as a team to produce the annual offering, adding their own unique perspective to the original recipe. Each year’s version of Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale takes on a life of its own, displaying the character of the brewhouse in which it was made and the brewers who were involved. Always different yet always the same, it never fails to be an inspirational tribute to the man.
Serious Washington beer geeks wait anxiously to sample Herbert’s at the Cask Fest each year. It is a ritualistic celebration of spring’s arrival.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary for Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale. To celebrate, there will be 10 versions of Herbert’s available at Cask Fest this year. In all, 15 different brewers will have their hands in the pot. Who knows how this will turn out!
There is also a series of events planned leading up to the Cask Fest. The schedule is below.
Monday, March 16 –Herbert’s Release Party at Latona Pub (Green Lake).
Featuring the Herbert’s by:
Elliott Bay Brewing
Water Street Brewing
Thursday, March 19 –Herbert’s Release Party at the Beveridge Place Pub (West Seattle). Featuring the Herberts by:
Big Al/Baron/Snipes Mountain (collaboration)
Boundary Bay Brewery
Laughing Buddha/Schooner Exact (collaboration)
Monday March 23 –Herberts Release Party at the Malt and Vine (Redmond).
Featuring the Herberts by:
Diamond Knot/Scuttlebutt/ McMenamin’s (collaboration)
Hales Ale Brewing
Friday, March 27 –Ten Herbert’s Showcase, featuring all ten versions of the Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale, side by side for your detailed examination. The Showcase takes place at Brouwer’s Cafe (Fremont).
Of course, all versions of the Herbert’s will be served during the Cask Fest on Saturday, March 28.