Saturday, May 9, 2015, 2-6 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 2-6 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 2-6 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 2-6 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 2-6 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

May 8, 2015

2015 Cask Fest Program Released

Want to get a jump start on prioritizing all the amazing cask ales you know will be tapped tomorrow? This year's program is now online for you to begin planning your where, what, when, and why. Click here to download it. See you tomorrow in the Beer Garden!

May 5, 2015

Learn More at Cask Fest Seminars

Certified Cicerone® Annette May

New for this year's Festival, we're bringing in experts to explain more about what cask ale (and cider) is all about and what makes it so special. With your ticket to the Festival, feel free to join one or both of the seminars below:

3pm Fermenta Presents: What We Mean When We Talk About Real (Cask-Conditioned) Ale
Annette May, Certified Cicerone®; Fermenta events coordinator; and proprietor, Know Beer: Beer Education in Southeast Michigan
Learn what makes cask ale so great from Annette May, the first female Certified Cicerone® (and first female cellarman).

4pm What's in Cider?
Alexa Seychel, Vander Mill Cider Mill & Winery representative
Come learn what goes into making the perfect cider, with Vander Mill's own Alexa Seychel.

Both talks will be held in the party room inside Ashley's Westland. Grab a glass of something good and come ready to learn!

March 25, 2015

Rustbelt Revival Returns to Headline 2015 Festival


We're pleased to announce that our favorite "rootsy rock" band – and craft beer enthusiasts and Ashley's regulars – Rustbelt Revival are returning to provide live music for the 2015 Michigan Cask Ale Festival.

Hailing from right here in Westland, Rustbelt Revival's members are talented multi-instrumentalists as well as harmonizing geniuses. Their sound is an innovative blend of modern roots and indie rock covers, with a side order of classic rock and a dash of alternative. Rustbelt Revival seeks out "hook laden," melodic material that hasn't been re-hashed by countless bands and makes it their own.

Learn more about Rustbelt Revival at the band's official website and follow them on Facebook.

March 17, 2015

2015 Cask List Announced

We are getting in confirmations from breweries and distributors about this year's cask offerings. We're looking at well over two dozen casks of real ale, living beer fresh from the breweries and naturally carbonated. We are also lining up a cider "track." Ciders are one of the fastest growing styles in the craft beverage arena. See the Beers in Cask tab for the most recent information.

This year's Festival will be Saturday, May 9, from 2 to 6pm (1 to 6 for VIP ticket holders.)

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.