Curries and Casks for Charity – Saturday April 26th

April 19th – Updated with confirmed menu and beers…

Please join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7 PM for St. George’s Day festivities at the Granite Brewery.

CASK! is holding its Beer for a Cure fundraiser in support of Prostate Cancer Canada on Saturday, April 26th at 7 PM at the Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto.

The event features a delicious four course gourmet curry dinner with four matching fresh Ontario cask ales. Tickets are now on sale and you can buy them here:

Welcome Beer: Granite Brewery Sippin’ Pretty, 4.5 percent abv, featuring mostly Challenger hops, with some Cascade thrown in for aroma.
Served with Curried Nuts and Vegetarian Samosas
Junction Craft Bavarian IPA Hopfenstopfer, featuring Galaxy, Pride of Ringwood, Cluster and Challenger hops, as well as being dry hopped.
Matched with Carrot and Onion Salad
Great Lakes Brewery (TBA)
Heralding Spiced Almond Chicken
Curried Vegetables and Spiced Basmati Rice
Accompanied by Cucumber Raita and Mango Chutney
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Dessert – Chef’s Treat
$70 per person (taxes included)

Celebrate all things English with MC Robert Hughey, guest speaker Nick Pashley and auctioneer Julian Mulock. Door prizes, silent auction plus live auction. Please show your support for this worthy cause. Sign up and buy your tickets here: (link graciously provided by the Canadian Music Centre)

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Cask Events

We have news of two upcoming Cask! events, plus some other interesting developments to tell you about.

Sunday March 16th 2:00 – 5:00pm. In association with Cask! the Granite Brewery is hosting a Cask Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day. There will be several stouts on offer, including The Barmaid’s T’ale brewed specially by several members of Barleys Angels with Mary Beth Keefe, along with their usual fine selection of cask ales. The Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto.

Saturday April 26th 7:00pm. Cask! presents another rendition of our charity beer event to coincide with St. George’s Day (the celebration of England’s patron saint). There will be beer and there will be curry, what more can one ask for? (Vegetarian option available). Further details to follow. The Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto.

Also, some other developments that may be of interest…

Some enterprising members of our Cask! community have organized a Cask Crawl: Beaches to the Junction on Saturday March 22nd. Here is their itinerary:
11:00-12:00: Brunch and first pint at The Feathers
12:30-1:00: Castro’s Lounge
1:30-2:00: The Only Cafe
2:30-3:30: Bar Volo
4:00-5:00: C’est What
5:30-6:30: Bar Hop
7:00-8:00: Victory Cafe
8:30-9:30: Mugshot Tavern
10:00-11:00: Indie Ale House (cask or no cask)
11:10-Last Call: Hole in the Wall

And finally, we are planning a Cask! Social for May to be held at the Junction Craft Brewery. We will send an update once the details have been confirmed.

December CASK! Social

Forget the Christmas shopping for an afternoon, join us instead for the last CASK! Social of 2013 and enjoy some great cask ales in convivial company!

The Social will take place on Saturday December 7th from 3:00 to 6:00pm at Brass Taps, 493 Danforth Ave, Toronto. There will be some great cask beers available, including County Durham XXX, Cameron’s Dog in a Boat Pale Ale, Black Oak Nutcracker Porter, Amsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch Ale and Great Lakes Half Nelson APA. Hope to see you there!

We have received sad news that Moyra Bligh, fellow Cask! member and all round craft beer enthusiast, has passed away. There is a gathering planned to raise a glass to Moyra on Friday Nov 22nd 7:00pm at The Rhino, 1249 Queen St W, Toronto. Many of us knew Moyra and will miss her. Our very own Robert Hughey has written a poem as a tribute:

For Moyra

We only knew you for a while

But in that time you engaged us

Shared a cask ale or two

Told a story or three

Helped us to laugh

And we all felt better for it.


Raising a glass in your honour!

It doesn’t seem enough

But what else can we do?

We remember you in our hearts

That bleed our emptiness in your absence.


CASK! Social for Toronto Beer Week – GLB, CASK! Toronto and Friends

In celebration of Toronto Beer Week, we have partnered with Great Lakes and Barley Days to bring you a rather special cask patio event: the GLB, CASK! Toronto and Friends Cask Social at the Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen Street East, Toronto on Sunday September 15th starting at 3:00pm.
We are expecting 5 cask beers, and the current line up is:

  • Great Lakes Canucklehead
  • Great Lakes The Devil Made Me Double Dry Hop It
  • Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
  • Barley Days Scrimshaw Oyster Stout
  • Barley Days Loyalist Lager

Come join us on the sunny patio and in the cosy interior of the Ceili Cottage and celebrate Toronto Beer Week with some great cask beer.

OCB Week 2013 – Cask Report

OCB Week kicks off today, Sunday June 16th, and runs through to Sunday June 23rd with an impressive range of events also featuring cask ale. Here’s a rundown of the cask-related events that we are aware of:

  • C’est What Summer Festival of Craft Breweries, June 21st to 22nd 5:00pm, 67 Front St E, Toronto.  Last year C’est What featured 10 casks at their Fall festival. Let’s see how many they can muster for us this time
  • Session Toronto, June 22nd 4:00pm, Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Ave, Toronto.  The festival will also feature a limited number of cask ales from select breweries
  • Granite Cask Sunday, June 23rd 3:00pm, 245 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto.  (As mentioned previously on our website). The Granite knows a thing or two about brewing cask conditioned ales. This BBQ and cask event should be a good ‘un
  • Various Cask Nights, Cask Tastings and one-off cask features are taking place at venues across the province including An Sibin Pub, Bar Hop, Brass Taps, Bryden’s, Get Well, Stout Irish Pub, Sarah’s Cafe, Live Bait Ale House (Milton, ON), Kingston Brewing Company (Kingston, ON), Alice’s Village Cafe (Ottawa), Clocktower Brewpub (Ottawa) and Wellington Gastro Pub (Ottawa) to name a few!

Full details of all events can be found on the OCB Week website. Please check the website for updates. Hope to see you at one of these events. Cheers.

Granite Cask Social for OCB Week

For the last day of OCB Week, Sunday June 23rd, the Granite Brewery will be hosting a Cask Sunday event from 3:00 to 6:00pm, complete with cask ales and a BBQ on their back patio. What a great way to close out this week-long celebration of local craft beer. Join us there.
The Granite Brewery and Restaurant is located at 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto (SE corner of Eglinton and Mount Pleasant).