January 22 2017 the second annual Tri-cities Winter Pro-Am Cask Festival will feature over ten casks produced by homebrew clubs from across western Canada. This is your chance to taste some cutting-edge beers produced by the people who are experimenting, developing, and innovating. The clubs will be competing so we need you, the cask ale enthusiast, to come out and vote for your favourite. We will also be asking you to pick a favourite cask beer from the professional breweries as well.
As a homebrewer I am very excited and looking forward to this event. The winning homebrew club cask last year just happened to be the beer that I helped make. I attend meetings at several clubs but the Fraser Valley Fermentalists is my main club. Last year we made a beer that was a bit experimental, a mesquite smoked bacon bourbon porter. We called it Drunken Pig. It was delicious and it won for the homebrew clubs casks. It was a rewarding experience having people try the beer we had conceived, created, and delivered. It was exciting to be recognized and validated. The cask aficionados liked us, they really liked us. There were some very good beers from the other clubs and it was fun to taste them all. We had an opportunity to network and talk to other homebrewers at the event as well.
The response from clubs has been overwhelming and exciting this year. Almost double the number of clubs will be participating so I think the competition will be stiff. The students from KPU’s brewing program will be participating as a club for the first time. This is the only event of its kind in Canada, you do not want to miss out.
Tickets are only $49 and include a burger and poutine bar as well as a 10oz tasting glass and 10 tokens. 1 token gets you a 4 oz sample, 2 tokens a full 10 oz. You will also receive an event program and a door prize ticket for brewery swag. Tickets are transferable so go ahead and buy a half dozen for gifts. Take care of your Christmas shopping in minutes!
The venue is incredibly close to the Lougheed Town Centre station for transit so please do not drink and drive. There are even a limited number of tickets available with a safe ride option that provides you with a transit ticket to get home at no additional cost. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you get yours today to ensure you aren’t left out in the cold.