Cask Sunday @ Granite – June 22nd 3pm

The Granite Brewery will be hosting a Cask Sunday in association with CASK! on Sunday June 22nd from 3:00 to 6:00pm. Join us on the back patio where three summery ‘sessionable’ cask ales and yummy treats will be available. 245 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto.

Also happening during OCB Week which kicks off June 13th are a number of province-wide events featuring cask ales. For details check out the Events Page on the OCB Week website

CASK! Social at Junction Brewery – Sunday May 25th

Great news! The fine folks at Junction Craft Brewering have agreed to host our next CASK! Social. To accommodate their busy schedule brewing interesting craft beers for us to enjoy, we will break with tradition and hold the Social on a Sunday with a slightly earlier start time of 2pm. There will be a selection of Junction cask ales for this event, so arrive thirsty!

Date and time: Sunday May 25th from 2:00pm
Address: 90 Cawthra Avenue, Unit 101, which is close to Keele and St Clair. TTC directions: Take Keele bus north from Keele station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line and get off at Staples, then walk east 2 blocks to Cawthra Ave. Alternatively, take the St. Clair W street car to Keele and walk south and east 2 blocks. The telephone number is 416-766-1616.

Cheers! Hope to see you there.

Beer for a Cure raises $4,200 for Charity

Thanks to all our CASK! members that turned out to the Beer for a Cure event on April 25th. With your support and generosity we raised $4,200 in aid of Prostate Cancer Canada!
Much fun was had by all. The cask ales were in fine form and the curry went down a treat. Several CASK! members got up to the mike and regaled us with entertaining stories and songs in celebration of St George’s Day. And there was a lot of enthusiastic bidding going on during both the silent and live auctions.
Thanks to the fine folks who make this event happen (they know who they are). And thanks to you too!

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.