Cask! Social May 30th @ Castro’s

Our next Cask! Social is taking place on Saturday May 30th 2:00 – 5:00pm at Castro’s Lounge, 2116e Queen St. East, Toronto in the Beaches. The fine folks at Castro’s have really embraced cask ale and serve up to four of them at any one time. And now, on Saturday afternoons, a pint of cask ale will only set you back $5! So, join us if you can on May 30th to enjoy convivial company and some great beers at a very reasonable price.

The cask ale line up for Saturday is still being finalized, but the following have been confirmed so far: Dancing Duck, Hop Noggin and Red Dragon from County Durham Brewing. Hope to see you there.

CASK! Social

CASK! Presents St. George’s Day Celebrations 2015

Raise a glass of traditional cask ale to St. George, patron saint of England, at The Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, on Saturday, April 25th from 3 pm to 6 pm.
CASK! presents a new way to celebrate St. George’s Day with real ale, an open mic, prizes and a 50-50 draw, with donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Christina Halstead


As you may already know, our friend Christina Halstead, wife of County Durham Brewing Company owner/brewer Bruce Halstead, died on March 29 of a brain aneurysm. Her death was sudden and unexpected. Christina and Bruce attended our most recent CASK! Social at Harbord House the day before, and many of us are grateful to have had one last opportunity to speak with her before her untimely death. Christina was a lovely person, warm and caring, and was much loved in the beer world. There was no funeral, in keeping with her wishes. Our thoughts are with Bruce and the family.

Nick Pashley

In Memory of Christina Halstead


At the Island Queen, London, on the CASK! Toronto pub crawl after the 2009 GBBF (from centre right) Christina, Bruce, Anne and Nick (from centre left) Maz, Neil, Caroline and Robert

For Christina

Shocked into silence for a few days but now

Surfacing I feel a numbness

At your sudden disappearance

From this world.

Shifting attentions to the living

But no less painful.

Christina was talking to me the day before

About my narrow escape from

Heart problems

How well I looked

Neither of us aware of her hidden condition

No worries that day

Seems unreal that she is gone like a passing train into darkness

A tunnel enveloping life

Wrapping it up


Robert Hughey

Cask! Social – March 28th 2015, 3-6pm

The date has been set for the next Cask! Social – Saturday March 28th 2014 from 3:00-6:00pm. The Social will take place at The Harbord House, 150 Harbord St, Toronto. This is our first Social at the Harbord House, so please join us in supporting another great cask pub in the city. Details of the cask ales on offer will be posted nearer the time.
The Harbord House is located on the north side of Harbord St between Bathurst and Spadina and can be reached via TTC: the Spadina subway station is about a 9 minute walk away, both the 510 Spadina and 511 Bathurst street cars stop at Harbord St, or if you’re coming across town the 94 Wellesley bus stops right on Harbord St at Brunswick Ave.
Hope to see you there!

$5 Cask Pints on Mondays at Castro’s

We recently heard that Castro’s Lounge in the Beaches now serves pints of cask ale @ $5 on Mondays from 3:00pm onwards. Up to 4 cask ales usually available.
Castro’s is located at 2116e Queen Street East, Toronto.

Cask! Social at The Monarch Tavern – Dec 6th

Save the date! Our next Social will be held at the Monarch Tavern on Saturday December 6th starting at our usual time of 3:00pm. The folks at the Monarch are looking forward to hosting us and will have a selection of cask ales available for us to enjoy. Details of the beers will be published nearer the date.

The Monarch Tavern is located at 12 Clinton St, Toronto, 2 blocks south of College St, West of Bathurst. The TTC 506 Carlton street car stops right at College and Clinton.

Hope to see you there.