Seven years ago, the Blue Point Cask Festival was cancelled leaving a few brewers with plenty of beer but no one to drink it. Rocky Point Artisan Brewers jumped in and hosted an impromptu festival along with Port Jeff and Blind Bat, as well as homebrewing clubs LIBME and BEER. The festival became an annual event, moving to the Rocky Point Clubhouse in its third year.
“I could certainly sell more tickets and move to a large venue, but people like the vibe,” says Mike Voigt of RPAB. Still, only cask beer is served though many more breweries now participate. “Everybody is asked to brew a one of a kind beer,” he adds. “Show us what you can do when you’re asked to make something special.”
The Seventh Annual Rocky Point Nano Cask Festival will be held Saturday, January 30 from 1-5 pm with an extra hour from 12-1 for homebrew club members and VIP ticket holders.
Port Jeff, which has attended every year, will be showcasing their new Vienna Lager, called Life Preserver, and a peanut butter porter.
The festival will feature more than 10 breweries, from vets to first timers. “We look forward to the smaller crowd, which will give us the opportunity to really get to know the craft beer community and the people who support us,” says Kevin Cain of Lithology, which will be making its first appearance. They brewed a re-interpretation of their LI Detector double IPA with Palisade, Chinook, Nelson, and Citra hops, while newcomers Sand City will be pouring Southdown breakfast stout conditioned on Madagascar vanilla beans. Port Jeff, which has attended every year, will be showcasing their new Vienna Lager, called Life Preserver, and a peanut butter porter. And if that last one jumped out at you, you’ll also have the chance to try a salted fudge caramel porter from Barrage Brewing. Host brewery RPAB will be serving an English ale with three different hops, a golden sour with brett and a third, to be determined, cask.
Mike Voigt of RPAB even took a break from brewing to make spent grain pretzels paired with a hefeweizen and gouda sauce.
There will also be a mini farmers market featuring Two Big Jerks Jerky and the Big Cheese, which will be selling prepared cheese plates. Mike Voigt of RPAB even took a break from brewing to make spent grain pretzels paired with a hefeweizen and gouda sauce.
Tickets can be purchased online here and a limited number will be available at the door. Each ticket includes unlimited samples as well as a tasting glass in the shape of a cask. This is one of our favorite beer events of the year, and we will be there pouring our very own cask, a blend of three saisons and a sour dark mild ale.