Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

More than 30 casks of real ale tapped at one time!

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

More than 30 casks of real ale tapped at one time!

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

More than 30 casks of real ale tapped at one time!

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

More than 30 casks of real ale tapped at one time!

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

More than two dozen casks of real ale tapped at one time!

April 30, 2014

BREAKING: Bud Light Tap Handle Dies, To Be Interred Saturday


Bud Light Tap Handle Dies at Ashley's
Funeral Service During This Saturday’s Cask Ale Festival

WESTLAND – The Bud Light tap handle at Ashley’s Beer & Grill, 7525 Wayne Rd., died after a long-term illness and lengthy decline. It is being replaced with Short's Brewing Company's Local's Light.

“It had been going downhill for some time,” said Ashley's co-owner Roy More. “It was time to put it out of its misery.”

Bud Light, often referred to as a North American industrial lager made by foreign-owned brewing conglomerate AB InBev, is being replaced with a craft beer from Short's Brewing of Bellaire, Michigan. According to Short's, Local’s Light is a light-bodied yet flavorful lager, with a soft and subtle flavor profile that finishes crisp and clean.

“Local's Light not only provides drinkers with the light-bodied golden allure expected from our popular American pale lagers, it also breaks down misconceptions about what it means for a beer to be ‘craft,” said Jon Wojtowicz, head beer liberator for Short’s. “We believe it’s the perfect craft option to replace a major macro brew at such a renowned beer establishment as Ashley’s.”

Tap change-over and line cleaning have occurred, and starting today through the weekend in observance of Bud Light’s passing, glasses of Short's Local's Light will be available at a special price of $3.

Viewing of the deceased Bud Light tap handle will be from Wednesday until interment on Saturday. The public is encouraged to visit the open casket and note this passing. Memorial and burial services will be held at 2:45pm, Saturday, May 3, during the seventh annual Michigan Cask Ale Festival, with remarks from local author and beer writer David Bardallis, among others.

For the latest info on the Festival, including the list of rare and even unique beers, visit micaskale.ashleys.com and like the Festival’s Facebook page. Follow Ashley’s Westland on Twitter (@ashleyswestland) and use hashtag #micaskale.

You can watch the final moments of Bud Light at Ashley's in this video.

About Ashley’s

Founded in 1983 next to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Ashley’s has been proud to serve its guests a wide selection of great beers from around the world for over three decades. Today, as “Michigan’s premier multi-tap,” Ashley’s features an ever-rotating lineup of flavorful draft beers from nearly 120 different taps at our two locations in Ann Arbor and Westland, as well as more than 80 bottled beer selections.

Ashley's was rated one of the Top 100 Beer Bars by DRAFT Magazine in and Top 50 Beer Restaurants by RateBeer.com and has been voted as having Metro Detroit’s “Best Beer Selection” by WDIV-TV4 viewers six years in a row.

April 8, 2014

Hey, Hey, Homebrewers


May 3, the day of the Festival, is also the American Homebrewers Association’s Big Brew in honor of National Homebrew Day. We won’t be brewing, but homebrewing aficionados can check in and receive a special wristband that will allow you to sample from casks or kegs brought by homebrewers like Brendan Williamson of Menominee, whose efforts were showcased last year.

If you’re a homebrewer and wish to bring a cask or keg of your homebrew for sampling, please email jeff@ashleys.com in advance to set it up.

March 24, 2014

Rustbelt Revival to Headline 2014 Cask Ale Fest


We're pleased to announce that we've booked Detroit-based band Rustbelt Revival to headline the 2014 Michigan Cask Ale Festival May 3 in Ashley's Beer Garden in Westland. Comprised of music veterans Mark Fernandez, Dino Colaluca, Randy Moffat, and Kevin Corr, plus newcomer Savannah Moffat, Rustbelt Revival plays "rootsy rock," with typical setlists including covers from such artists and bands as Mumford & Sons, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Petty, the Gin Blossoms, John Mellencamp, the Civil Wars, and Stevie Nicks. You may even hear a few originals sprinkled in, with Rustbelt's four lead vocalists converging to create intricate harmonies over varied instrumentation on banjo, mandolin, accordion, saxophone, and flute, along with traditional rock and roll guitar, bass, and percussion.

Find out more on the official Rustbelt Revival Facebook page.

April 30, 2013

2013 Tentative Tapping Schedule

Here's the current schedule of cask tappings by time. These will be at different stations throughout the Festival. Casks are coming in but not all are here yet so the list could change. We will be taking walk-in ticket sales. Beyond the beer, as if there could be anything more, we have programmed in a day full of live music and other activities.

Bells Porter 12:00 PM
Dragonmead Crown Jewels 12:00 PM
Finches Threadless dry hopped with Perle/Centennial Hops. 12:00 PM
Homebrew 1 Head Hunter, double DH 12:00 PM
New Belgium Rampant 12:00 PM
New Holland Imperial Hatter 12:00 PM
Liberty Street Resinator – Collaboration with Sherwood 12:10 PM
Midland Imperial Porter 12:20 PM
Homebrew 2 Summer Nort' – Belgian Spring Ale 12:30 PM
Northville Winery cider? 12:40 PM
Kuhnhenn Conundrum 12:50 PM
Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean 01:00 PM
Blue Point Hoptical Illusion with Experimental Hop 05256 01:15 PM
Arbor Brewing Novus Mundus 01:30 PM
The Livery Paris Roubaix 01:45 PM
Saugatuck Boathouse Stout conditioned w/ Coconut 02:00 PM
Bells Two Hearted 02:15 PM
Blue Point RastafaRye - Made with Styrian Dana, Styrian Savinski, Citra, and Summit hops 02:30 PM
Vivant Big Red Coq dry hopped 02:45 PM
Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger 03:00 PM
Heavy Seas Black Cannon 03:10 PM
Greenbush Doomslayer 03:20 PM
Arbor Brewing Sobido 03:30 PM
Carnegie Porter 2012 03:40 PM
Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown 03:50 PM
Bells Hopslam 04:00 PM
Thornbridge Strong Scotch 04:15 PM
South Hampton Burton IPA (dry hopped) 04:30 PM
Kuhnhenn Fluffer 04:45 PM
Arbor Brewing Buzz Saw 05:00 PM
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale w/ rum and oak chips 05:15 PM
Short's Admiral Ashley's Imperial Fugglelicious 05:30 PM
Founders Double Trouble dry hopped (simcoe & Chinook) 05:45 PM
JW Lees Harvest Ale 2010 06:00 PM

April 27, 2013

Abigail Stauffer Joins Festival Live Music Lineup


We've just confirmed Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer will also be performing at the Cask Ale Festival. From Abigail's website:
Abigail Stauffer brings all of her experience to the stage. Chances are Abigail won't break your heart, but she will add color to a black and white memory. Every song is a captivating showcase of confidence and vulnerability, naturally crafting a balance of pain, hope, and joy. Her music and live performances hold so much emotion for her and the audience — it's hard to believe each song isn't written specifically about you. Finally, an artist who writes about the things that really matter; Abigail will warm your heart and serenade your soul.

Here's a sneak preview of Abigail in action with her song "Alone to Dream":