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People’s Choice Winners – WA Cask Beer Festival

While there were too many great beers to keep track of at Cask Fest this year, the people have spoken. Belgians, sours, Bourbon-barrel and Apple Jacks seemed to be the order of the day. Sounds about right for Cask Fest. Check out our full coverage, with photos.

Here are the People’s Choice Award winners for both sessions:

1st Session

  1. Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout -Fremont Brewing Company.
  2. Sourlicious -Big Al Brewing Company.
  3. Monk’s Indiscretion -Sound Brewing Brewing Company.

2nd Session

  1. Apple Cinnamon ESB -Diamond Knot Brewing Company.
  2. Sourlicious -Big Al Brewing Company.
  3. Belgian IPA -Black Raven Brewing Company.

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  1. I was quite surprised by the monk’s indiscretion pick. It was the first beer I tried and I found it to be lacking on a couple levels. Too much body and a grassy/ammonia flavor from all the hops (maybe dry hopped too long?). Anyway to each their own on taste, I just wasn’t expecting it. Anyone else? My taste buds may have fooled me after all, they’ve done it before.

  2. Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout -Fremont Brewing Company.

    Holy Smokes this sounds good.

  3. Barleywinefied – Yes, it was damn good beer, for sure. Fremont Brewing Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout certainly was a mouthful.

    So to speak.

  4. What a great festival, so many great breweries all bringing their goods to the table, never a dull moment with so many great flavors.

    One beer that didn’t seem to get as much recognition was the Red Hook Whiskey Eisbock, tons of great coconut, vanilla and subtle whiskey notes.

    @ Don, maybe you just had the early sludge at the beginning of the keg because I had it and it was complex and delicious.

  5. I have to agree with Sam and Kendall on the Monk’s Indiscretion. “Restraint” was alas not my word of the day, I had a lot of beer at Cask Fest. And that was a stand-out for me, in a good way.

  6. that might make sense (monk’s indiscretion), I’ve always waited on the first few beers out of a cask, as there can be a lot of yeast sludge. It would explain the thick feel and off taste. Damn I should have tried it a second time.
    On that note, about 1 in every 10 beers I get off cask has that problem. I had Bill at big time grab a beer from the bartender one time (cask beer) that came out sludgy before he could serve it to me. Bartender told me that Bill said “That’s not up to Big Time standards!”.

  7. I had the same experience as Don at the grand opening over in Poulsbo. It was sludgy and ponderous and had the ammonia/onion thing in a big way. Tasted it a second time, just before leaving and it was better. Old British trick that sometimes helps with this, in tapping a new keg: roll it end over end once, gently, and then tap. Knocks down the off flavors in those first few glasses.

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