Matt Lincoln (Fremont Brewing) pouring for the crowd

Washington Cask Beer Festival 2011 – the round-up and pictures

Why is this my favorite festival of the year? I think it’s because Cask Fest is their favorite festival of the year. Not only do the participating breweries show up with creative, interesting and just plain delicious beers, but they all seem to really enjoy the event. Their enthusiasm for Cask Fest shows in the beers they produce for the event.

We attended the afternoon session of Cask Fest on Saturday. There were way too many good beers to mention here. Rogue Brewing‘s 11th Anniversary Ale was my personal favorite. They brewed this complex and deliciously balanced ale using 11 different hops and 11 different grains. Other personal favorites included Snipes Mountain Brewing‘s Train Wreck CDA and Sound Brewing‘s Monk’s Indiscretion (a Belgian-style specialty ale).

The People’s Choice award for the first session of Cask Fest when to Fremont Brewing for its Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Other big hits of the first session included Big Al Brewing‘s Sourlicious and Sound Brewing’s Monk’s Indiscretion.

The last few years, Cask Fest seemed to have an unofficial theme. One year was all about sour beers, another was all about IPA. This year there were quite a few coconut-inspired offerings. There were also a lot of beers that featured chocolate. Overall, I don’t think I’d call it a theme, but coconut and chocolate certainly were common themes. No complaints.

Here are our photos from the event.

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