What Is Cask Ale?

Commonly called ‘Real Ale,’ cask conditioned ale is considered by many to be the genuine thing: real beer for real people who appreciate quality, taste and distinction.

“Cask conditioned ale is brewed from traditional ingredients, matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide.”– as defined by CAMRA, a beer consumer advocacy group in the UK.

Cask ale is served through a hand pump (called a beer engine) without the addition of carbon dioxide or chemical preservatives. A ‘living beer,’ cask ale is served in its natural state, extremely fresh and presented unfiltered for remarkable flavor and smooth character.

Fun Facts About Cask Conditioned Ale

Cask Ale is Smooth: brewed in small batches with natural ingredients, the cask brewing process produces an ale with distinctive qualities that are not found in bottled or draft beer.

Cask Ale is Unique: hibiscus, whiskey, raspberry and peanut butter are just a few of the many different flavors Empyrean Brewing Co. uses to infuse into their cask conditioned ales for a unique flavor.

Cask Ale is Fresh: cask conditioned ales are not pasteurized or stored for a lengthy time at the brewery. It is always served within a few days of creation, making it the freshest beer available.

Cask Ale is Traditional: the cask brewing process is the original method of making, storing and serving beer — the history of cask ale dates back to the origins of beer itself.

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