Monthly CASK! Socials
Various dates and locations around Toronto
CASK! continues its informal gatherings for all cask ale lovers to get together and enjoy some cask-conditioned beer.  The socials are held on a more or less monthly basis at rotating venues.
Check the Front Page for details of the next CASK! Social.

Beer for a Cure 2014
Saturday April 26th 2014, 7:00 pm
Granite Brewery and Restaurant 245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto
Our annual charity beer dinner is back!
Check the Front Page for details

St George’s Day Cask Pub Crawl 2013
Saturday April 20th starting at 2pm
2:00pm Bellwood’s Brewery, 124 Ossington Ave. Meet upstairs… we will have a cask of something interesting all to ourselves!
3:30pm Get Well, 1181 Dundas St W.
5:30pm Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St.
7:30pm Victory Café, 581 Markham St..

Beer for a Cure 2012
Saturday April 21st 2012, 7:00 pm
Granite Brewery and Restaurant 245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto

CASK! is holding its annual fundraiser, Beer for a Cure, in support of Prostate Cancer Canada.  As a perfect accompaniment to the St. George’s Day festivities, a delicious curry dinner featuring four cask IPAs will be served (see menu below).
Celebrate all things English with MC Robert Hughey, guest speaker Nick Pashley, auctioneer Julian Mulock, fancy hats and door prizes.
Tickets are $65 per person, which includes a partial donation receipt.
Please call Caroline or Robert Hughey at 416 462 3788 to purchase tickets. Have your credit card and address details ready. Email:
Gourmet Beer Dinner Menu
Welcome Beer
Great Lakes Brewery GermEng, Gerglish IPA, hits 6.5 percent abv and 52 IBUs. It’s a hybrid IPA with 50:50 English and German malts, as well as hops.  The grist composition contains Maris Otter, Munich and Vienna malt, as well as a blend of  crystal and cara malts. The hop blend is Perle and East Kent Goldings, thus more spicy floral versus citrus.
Served with Curried Nuts and Vegetarian Samosas
Granite Grapefruit Lagoon IPA
tops out at 5.5 percent abv and 60 IBUs. It has Citra bittering hops, and Cascade and Citra aroma hops.
Matched with Carrot and Onion Salad
Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA, dry-hopped, at 7.1 percent abv and 65 IBUs, has Canadian 2-row malt, British pale malt, cara-Munich and toasted wheat flakes. It was continuously hopped with Simcoe and other hop varieties  and is finished with Amarillo.
Heralding Spiced Almond Chicken
Curried Vegetables and Spiced Basmati Rice
Accompanied by Cucumber Raita and Mango Chutney
Mill Street Paradise IPA from Ottawa, 7 percent abv, features all Cascade hops.
Its dry-hopped with Hallertau cone hops grown in the Pontiac region of Quebec.
Dessert-Chef’s Treat
Coffee or tea

Smokeless Joe Cask Sundays
Sundays from 5:00pm
Smokeless Joe, 488 College Street, Toronto

Cask is back at Smokeless Joe.  Served every Sunday with a rotating beer/brewery every week, starting at 5:oopm.

Cameron’s Monthly Cask Night
last Thursday of each month
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cameron’s Brewery, 1165 Invicta Drive, Oakville

Cameron’s Cask Night is a casual and intimate event held at the brewery on the last Thursday of each month. Cask Nights are an outlet for Cameron’s brewers to get creative with a different one-off cask brew every month. The brewer leads the evening with a ceremonious tapping of the cask, and there is always some fine local food to enjoy courtesy of the Smokehouse at Whole Foods Market Oakville. For those who have not been to the brewery before, this is a great chance to meet the folks behind the scenes and to tour the Cameron’s facility.  For admission details visit Cameron’s Brewery Events and Blog page.

Great Lakes Project X
second Thursday of each month
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Etobicoke

Project X is a monthly event at Great Lakes Brewery that will feature a new and limited cask beer only available for the night. All are invited to become a member ($10) and experience these unique and adventurous beers. Entry to each monthly event will include samples of the monthly cask conditioned beer, 2 drink tickets, and beer-themed food. Admission is only $10, and requires a membership. All members will receive an exclusive t-shirt and membership card. Great Lakes staff will be on hand to tour, taste, and talk about the world of beer. For details visit Great Lakes Brewery Events Page.

Monthly CASK! Socials
Various dates and locations around Toronto
Previous socials held:
February 25th 2012 – 3:00 to 6:00pm at Castro’s Lounge
January 21st 2012 – 3:00 to 6:00pm at C’est What
December 4th 2011 – from noon at the Victory Cafe
November 19th 2011 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Dominion on Queen
October 29th 2011 – 3:00 to 7:00 pm at BarVolo
September 17th 2011 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Granite Brewery
April 2nd 2011 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Twisted Kilt
March 12th 2011 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Black Oak Brewing Company
January 22nd 2011 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Burger Bar
December 4th 2010 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Victory Cafe
November 13th 2010 – 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Dora Keogh
September 25th 2010 – 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Bryden’s
June 19th 2010 – 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Rhino
April 17th 2010 – 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Volo
February 27th 2010 – 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Granite Brewery
January 16th 2010 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Ceili Cottage
December 5th 2009 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Victory Cafe
October 17th 2009 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at C’est What
September 19th 2009 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Granite Brewery

Cask Days 2011 Seminars in Collaboration with CASK!
Saturday, October 29th, 2011 @ barVolo (587 Yonge Street, Toronto)
CASK! is pleased to announce our next Social and an exciting collaboration with Cask Days to bring you Cask Days 2011 Seminars: 3 informative seminars on cask conditioned ale:

Both events will be held on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 @ barVolo (587 Yonge Street, Toronto) and are presented by: Cask Days in collaboration with CASK!
The seminar sessions will begin at 10:30am (details on each session below), with the CASK! Social running from 3:00 – 7:00pm.
Seminar admission costs are $10 per session, or $25 for all.
This includes one glass of cask-ale per session plus seminar discussion. 
As usual, there is no admission charge for the CASK! Social.

Hosted by Charles MacLean (Owner/Brewer of MacLean’s Brewing)
Cask: MacLean’s IPA (Charles MacLean)
10:30AM – 11:30AM         Time Duration: 1 Hour       Cost: $10.00
An in-depth discussion of how to properly make and rack cask conditioned ale. The seminar will educate brewers and beer enthusiasts on the essential steps involved when brewing cask ale. Charles MacLean has been at the forefront of cask ale in Ontario since the beginning and will elaborate on the advantages and disadvantages of brewing cask ale at a brewery level.
Hosted by Ralph Morana (barVolo) & George Milbrandt (C’est What)
Cask: Mildly Bitter (House Ales X barVolo X C’est What Collaboration)
12:00PM – 1:00PM        Time Duration: 1 Hour       Cost: $10.00
Cellarmanship in the broadest sense covers the gamut of drinks sold by retail outlets and requires a detailed technical manual. The purpose of this seminar is to set out the general principles for the successful management of cask conditioned ales at the restaurant/bar level. Ralph Morana and George Milbrandt have established themselves within the beer community as bar owners that advocate cask condition ales and serve them on a daily basis.
Hosted by Nick Pashley & Robert Hughey
Cask: “There’s Gold In That There Cask” (House Ales X Nick Pashley Collaboration)
1:30 PM – 2:30PM     Time Duration:  1 Hour       Cost: $10.00
Learn about the history of Cask Ale in Ontario and find out how it has matured to where it is today. Nick Pashley and Robert Hughey are both highly dedicated to raising the awareness of local cask ale and offer a wide range of brewing knowledge and experience from which to draw. Nick Pashley is the author of “Notes on a Beermat: Drinking and Why It’s Necessary” and “Cheers: An Intemperate History of Beer in Canada”; and Robert Hughey regularly contributes to the “The New Brewer” and “Great Lakes Brewing News” beer publications.
Hosted by CASK!, barVolo & House Ales
3:00PM – 7:00PM       Cost: Free Admission
barVolo will host this month’s CASK! Social – the event is open to the public with no admission fee.  This will be an exclusive House Ales feature of Traditional English Styles – all beers are subject to availability.
·      Fuller’s Left Over
·      House Ales X Harry & Paul OFA
·      House Ales Run ESB
·      House Ales Matt’s Marathon Mild 2011 – Batch 1
·      House Ales X C’est What? Mildly Bitter
·      House Ales X Notes On A Beermat There’s Gold In That There Cask
For more information please contact:

Toronto Beer Week – Cask Events
Here is a round up of the Toronto Beer Week events that will feature cask conditioned ales.  For further details, including admission prices where applicable, please visit:

Friday, September 16th
12:00-2:30pm Dora Keogh’s, 141 Danforth Avenue
Cask Ale Showcase: Robert Hughey features three new hop-charged cask ales, designed by him and brewed at Niagara College Teaching Brewery, paired with food.
Saturday, September 17th
3:00-6:00pm Granite Brewery, 245 Eglinton Avenue East
CASK! Social: This month’s Social is held in special recognition of the Granite Brewery which has been serving cask ales in Toronto for 20 years.
Monday, September 19th

8:00pm Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen Street East, (our newest cask ale pub in the city)
Cask Jam: The Dominion on Queen will be launching permanent cask ale!  Live grooves, local cask brews & finger food available.
Wednesday, September 21st
7:00-8:30pm C’est What, 67 Front Street
Casks, Kegs, Bottles or Cans?  Discover for yourself the ideal beer container. Ten samples will be compared.
Thursday, September 22nd
7:00pm The Rhino, 1249 Queen Street West
Rhino Harvest Beer Festival:  Featuring Adventures of the Gourd with Bill White guiding you through a tasting of harvest seasonal beers, including pumpkin ales on cask and draft.
Thursday September 22
7:00pm Bar Volo, 587 Yonge Street
Black Oak Tap Takeover:  15 Black Oak beers will be available including 4 cask ales.
7:00-9:00pm WVRST, 609 King Street West
Kensington Cask Night:  Kensington Brewery will be tapping a cask of their IPA and/or Augusta Ale.
8:00-11:30pm Castro’s Lounge, 2116e Queen Street East
Great Lakes Presents Jerry Leger and the Situation: and will be bringing a cask of something special.
Friday September 23rd
7:00pm Bar Volo, 587 Yonge Street
Volo House Ales Tap Takeover: Featuring 16 of Volo’s House Ales, including cask ales, some of which are collaborations with local brewers.
Saturday September 24th
12:00-4:00pm Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Toronto
Great Lakes Harvest Festival:  2nd annual Harvest Festival at Great Lakes Brewery, with live entertainment, seasonal and one-off cask and draft beers, plus a farmers market.

Cask Ale Crawl 2011
Friday June 17th 5:00 pm – Sunday June 19th 2011.
Click on the event poster to enlarge.  Scroll down to see details of the cask ales that will be available at each pub

Event Poster

This year’s Cask Ale Crawl promises to be even better than previous years, with new pubs joining in.  There are ten pubs in all for you to visit as advertized below.  No fixed schedule, just show up at any of the pubs in any order and enjoy some fine cask ales.  Pick up a passport and get stamped to be entered into the prize draw.   The draw will take place at our next Cask! Social and winners not present will be notified by e-mail.
Here is the list of participating pubs and available cask ales.  Check back for updates.  (In some cases casks may be served on a rotating basis over the course of the weekend):

Cloak and Dagger, 394 College St

  • Durham XXX, Durham Hop Head, C’est What Al’s Cask, Wellington Imperial Stout, Wellington Blueberry Bitter, Muskoka Mad Tom IPA, MacLean’s Pale Ale, F&M Maple Red, Cheshire Valley Summer Ale, Neustadt Marzen, Black Oak Hop Bomb, Beau’s Beaver River IPA, Beau’s (TBD), Great Lakes (TBD)

Burger Bar, 319 Augusta Ave

  • Beau’s Screaming Beaver 2X IPA, AAXH Augusta Ale Extra Hoppy, Cheshire Valley IPA, Great Lakes The Devil Made Me Dry Hop It

C’est What, 67 Front St E

  • Homegrown Hemp Ale, Al’s Cask Ale, Cheshire Valley IPA, Durham XXX, Granite Hopping Mad

Volo, 587 Yonge St

  • House Ales Punter’s Gold, House Ales Mid Day Mild, House Ales Tim’s Way Porter, House Ales Fred’s Not Here Foreign Stout

Granite Brewery, 245 Eglinton Ave E

  • Granite IPA, Best Bitter Special (Dry Hopped), Hopping Mad

Twisted Kilt, 1954 Yonge St

  • Muskoka IPA, Muskoka Cream Ale, Black Oak Nut Brown Ale, Black Oak Hop Bomb, Great Lakes (TBD)

Bryden’s, 2455 Bloor St W

  • Muskoka Mad Tom I.P.A., Lackey’s Caskey (Citra edition), Beau’s Pan Ontario collaboration ale

Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen St E

  • Cask selection to be confirmed

Rhino, 1249 Queen St W

  • Durham Triple X, Black Oak Marmalade

Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St

  • Cask selection to be confirmed

Come join us and meet new friends at this year’s Cask Ale Crawl!

CASK! Social during Toronto Beer Week
September 25th 2010.
Bryden’s 2455 Bloor St West (across from Jane subway station)

September’s CASK! Social promises to be a rather special one with four cask ales to choose from plus complimentary simple food pairings and prizes to be won.   Cask ales available:

  • Beau’s Matt’s Gose
  • Granite Best Bitter Special
  • Great Lakes Miami Dunkelweiss
  • Muskoka Dark Chocolate Ale

Toronto Beer Week
September 20th – 26th 2010.
Various pubs, brewpubs and breweries around Toronto

The first ever Toronto Beer Week is a week-long series of craft beer events at over 45 locations across Toronto.  Cask ales will be featured at various events.  For details of the venues and featured events, visit

Cask Ale Crawl 2010
Friday May 7th 5:00 pm to Sunday May 9th 2010
Various Locations in downtown Toronto

Building on the success of last year’s cask ale crawl, which won a Golden Tap Award, this year’s event will take place during the weekend of May 7th – 9th 2010.  At least six participating pubs across downtown Toronto have confirmed so far:

Granite Brewery, 245 Eglinton Ave East
Volo, 587 Yonge St
The Rhino, 1249 Queen  St West
C’est What?, 67 Front St East
Mill St. Brewpub, 55 Mill St
Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen  St East

Pick up a passport at any of the participating pubs.  Have your passport stamped at each pub to be entered into the prize draw.
See poster for details.  Details of the cask ales that will be available will be posted shortly.  Hope to see you on the crawl!

Beer for a Cure 2010
Saturday April 24th 2010, 7:00 pm
Granite Brewery and Restaurant 245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto

This gourmet four course cask ale dinner celebrates St. George’s Day charity and is in support of Prostate Cancer Canada.  Join us and your fellow cask ale fans for a special evening with guest speaker, silent auction, door prizes, delicious food, and fine cask conditioned ales.
Price: $65 per person (includes four course meal and a cask ale matched with each course)

See Poster for further details.

Ontario IPA/Pale Ale Cask Challenge: Round 4

Thursday, July 9th to Saturday, July 11th
Volo, 587 Yonge Street

Volo will be hosting a series of tasting events to find Ontario’s best cask IPA or Pale Ale. The first three rounds took place in April, May & June, with attendees voting on their favourites. From 18 entries, the competition is now down to two – Durham Hop Addict and Mike Duggan Number 9 – which will be going head-to-head. Both beers will be available in a blind tasting, and once the votes are tallied, the champion Cask IPA in the province will be crowned.

Victory Summer Cask Ale Festival
Sunday, July 12th
12:00 noon
Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street

Continuing the theme of the Victory’s previous cask festivals, this event is a celebration of local traditional cask conditioned ales and aims to introduce new people to these wonderful beers. There will be sixteen cask ales on offer, all from local brewers. Two casks each of the most popular ales will be available to better ensure that everyone has a chance to enjoy them. The full list of beers will be announced at a later date. Beer samples will be offered by the half-pint measure, purchased with a beer ticket available at the festival. A selection of tasty food will also be available with the purchase of a food ticket.