La Cumbre gets back to its roots with Cask Ale Festival

All the firkin fun you need in one place!
All the firkin fun you need in one place!

La Cumbre marketing director Cory Campbell was doing a bit of house cleaning when he stumbled upon a piece of the brewery’s past.

“I cleaned out one of the closets upstairs in one of the offices and found the old poster for it,” Cory said of the first Cask Ale Festival, held in 2011. “I asked Jeff how come we haven’t done this in a while? He goes, well, I don’t know. It was a fairly successful day that first year we were open, so we thought, why not try it again?”

This new edition of the Cask Ale Festival will be held this Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The first 200 to show up will get in for $25 per person.

“It’s first come, first served,” Cory said. “We have room for 200 people. Of course, our capacity is 150, so hopefully not everyone comes at the same time. It’s $25 at the door, there’s a free Lyft ride in there, there’s a Cask Ale Festival sticker, and there’s tickets to redeem for a pint (of your favorite).”

A total of 11 breweries, including La Cumbre, will have a cask on hand. Boxing Bear was originally scheduled to be there, but it was forced to drop out for undisclosed reasons. La Cumbre will make up for the missing cask with one more of its own.

“12:30 is when we’re going to be mass tapping everything, hopefully,” Cory said. “Hopefully all the brewers come and we can get a nice photo of everyone hitting the spigot.”

La Cumbre, of course, has a past award from the Great British Beer Festival for the top American cask ale for Project Dank. The brewery regularly serves up special casks throughout the week.

“I’m a big cask fan,” Cory said. “I like them a lot. I’ve been to England a few times and always enjoyed them off the bar top or if they’re in beer engines. I’m a real ale fan, for sure.”

Cory said La Cumbre will have Gracias Por Fumar, the smoked porter aged in brandy barrels, in one cask. The other he said will likely be some sort of IPA, possibly the new Ekuanot S.M.A.S.H. coming out soon. (UPDATE: It will be the Ekuanot, dry-hopped with whole-leaf Centennial.)

As for the other breweries, here is the info they provided for us: (UPDATED)

  • Bosque: IPA dosed with Mosaic Lupulin Powder
  • Canteen and Steel Bender (collaboration): Steel Can Porter with coconut
  • Canteen: Mango Exodus IPA
  • Chama River: Class VI Golden Lager
  • Marble: Oaked Out Cholo, a special version of the Cholo Stout aged in oak barrels for three months
  • Nexus: Mango Imperial Cream Ale
  • Palmer: Genevieve Pale Ale with Old Tom Gin botanicals
  • Quarter Celtic: MacLomas Dry Stout with white French oak chips and dry-hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh
  • Tractor: Julius Cream Pale Ale
  • Turtle Mountain: Parasol White IPA with tropical additions

The casks will be divided into two flights. Flight One will have the Gracias Por Fumar, plus the entries for Canteen/Steel Bender, Marble, Nexus, Tractor, and Turtle Mountain. Flight Two features the Ekuanot, plus Bosque, Canteen, Chama River, Palmer, and Quarter Celtic.

There may be an award, of sorts, handed out for the favorite cask. There will also be a raffle held for prizes throughout the afternoon.

“We should probably come up with some kind of tally sheet,” Cory said. “We’re also going to be doing some raffles every hour. We’re going to be giving away a growler or a T-shirt. The raffle tickets are included in the little package you get. You don’t have to pay extra for them or anything.”

Enjoy the firkin festivities, everyone!

— Stoutmeister

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