Kick-Off Celebration and Cask Ale Festival

Madison Craft Beer Week presents a very special Kick-Off Celebration featuring cask ale on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Starting at 1pm and conveniently located at the East Side Club on Monona Dr. (3735 Monona Dr, Madison, WI - near Olbrich Botanical Gardens). Special guest brewers will help us pour just for you!

For the price of admission you get not only unlimited samples of dozens of special releases and cask ales and a fancy glass to drink out of, but the soothing sounds of Classical Revolution's brass quintet performing traditional bierhall and drinking songs. The Eastside Club provides a nice large space that is comfortable for both indoor and outdoor settings, good weather or bad.

Come chill by the lake, drink some special cask beer and listen to some great music! This year's music is The North Westerns, a wonderful old school jazz and western swing trio (and sometimes quartet).
Advance tickets are $30 and $40 at the door. Purchase tickets from Brown Paper Tickets.
Designated Driver Admission (special sodas from Sprecher and water) is just $10 at the door.

Music and Cask Listings

Special casks and brewers from:
Tallgrass Brewing Company: 8bit with Whole Leaf Simcoe and Orange Peel
Red Eye Brewing Company: Snooki (Black Rye IPA)
Door County Brewing Company: Norwegian Black Ale - Imperial Porter
Abita Brewing Company: TBA
Wisconsin Brewing Company: Porter Joe
House of Brews: Oaked ESB
Three Sheeps Brewing: Dry Hopped Really Cool Waterslides
New Holland Brewing: Poet
Vintage Brewing Company: TBA
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company**: ESB
Bell's: Double Cream Stout
Summit Brewing Company: Frost Line Rye
Tyranena Brewing Company: The Kissers' Friday Night Special
Potosi Brewing Company: TBA
Rush River Brewing Company: 20L Stichfass Bourbon-oaked Uber Alt
Titletown Brewing Company: Dark Helmet "Jammed"
Sprecher Brewing Company: Root Beer & Cream Ale

and, of course, the latest iteration of Common Thread!

** Great Dane is our Platinum Sponsor and will be bringing other special beers with them, but it's a surprise!

cask ale

What is Cask Ale

Cask ale, also called "real ale," is beer the way it has been served for centuries. Beer is prepared and then conditioned at cellar temperatures in wooden (or, today, stainless steel) casks. In this conditioning stage, the beer not only comes to rest and matures but will naturally carbonate. This process results in a smoother, finer, carbonation and more refined taste.

Why A Cask Ale Festival

The opportunity to taste so many beers in their natural condition doesn't come around very often. We thought it was important to celebrate craft beer by presenting it in its very finest form. Pubs and bierhalls have been combining naturally brewed beer and music to patrons for as long as pubs and bierhalls have existed. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the traditions and revelry of handcrafted beer.