Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

Saturday, May 14, 2015, 2-5 p.m., Ashley's Beer & Grill, Westland

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

April 27, 2016

Bringing Cask Ale into the Modern World


New Orleans-based beer writer Nora McGunnigle has a new article on cask ale up on CraftBeer.com. In "Cask Ale’s Journey Into the Modern Beer World," she explores the growing popularity of cask ale in the U.S., and Americans' penchant for tinkering with tradition (often to the dismay of purists). She writes:
With American brewers, retailers, and consumers excited about the enhanced flavor potential of cask ales with nontraditional ingredients, this trend has taken on a life and technique of its own. It’s no longer an anomalous process—it’s a part of the culture as much as traditionally prepared casks.
At the Michigan Cask Ale Festival, you can expect to find more than two dozen cask ales from our brewer partners around the state and country, many aged with nontraditional ingredients such as lemon peel, tamarind, vanilla beans, lavender, grapefruit, and more! Be sure to check out the beer list as it continues to grow, and if you haven't already, pick up your advance ticket!

Read Nora's whole article on CraftBeer.com.

April 18, 2016

Wall Street Journal: Are Cask Beers Worth the Fuss?


In a September 2015 article, the Wall Street Journal asked the question, "Are cask beers worth the fuss?"

We at Ashley's believe the short answer is "yes." For nine years we've sent cooperage to some of Michigan's and America's best craft breweries to have them fill it with fresh ale to naturally carbonate and condition, creating a more delicate and nuanced taste experience for attendees of our Cask Ale Festival. Some years we've even featured beers from other countries, including the UK, the world's cask ale capital.

The article notes how cask ale historically has not played a large part in the U.S. craft beer industry, but that it's catching on among American beer drinkers:
Here, cask beer accounts for a fraction of the craft industry’s output—1% or so according to the Brewers Association—but it’s gaining. Paul Pendyck, the leading North American distributor of cask beer serving equipment, has seen a steady rise in sales. “In the past five years it’s jumped at least 350 percent,” he said.
Ashley's is pleased to bring this unique style of beer to our guests each year. Once again we are featuring more than two dozen cask ales at one time in our Beer Garden. Want to see what the fuss is about? Be sure to get your ticket for the May 14 event!

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.