Good pubs, Good Beer, Good People

Sunday, September 14, 2008

If you cask it, they will come...Uno's Cask Fest

Brewer Mike Sella at Uno's Grill and Brewery on Rt. 1 in Metuchen, NJ racked the eight casks up yesterday for Central Jersey Beer lovers, proving once again that good beer is a magnet for good people. A variety of casks slaked the thirsts of many for hours. From Mike's own outstanding--and unorthodox--Oktoberfest, to Dave Hoffman's Classic ESB, to Weyerbacher's Old Heathen, patrons returned again and again to sample some exceptional brews at Uno's.

With barman Lenny and Mike pulling the suds, and appetizers specially reduced for the event, guys like big Dave (Bruneyko) Joe, Kai, Bruce, Harvey and a host of others made the southeast corner of this excellent bar buzz with activity. In fact, after 4:30, the place got mobbed, and Sella told me people were still there today--24 hours later. You can see a few pics here.

Also available were two choices (a pale ale and a smoked porter) by Captain Lawrence (Pleasantville, NY), a very drinkable British-style pale ale courtesy of Chelsea, the outstanding Troeg's HopBack and Mike's own Ike's IPA. No it was not produced to commemorate that monster storm that hit Galveston, and in fact has been my favorite non-seasonal Uno's beer for many years. One of my favorite seasonals at Uno's is Mike's Oktoberfest, unorthodox as mentioned above because it's an ale rather than a lager. He's been brewing this style for some years because "it's less expensive for the customer." It's a yeast thing, he says. Whatever. It's an outstanding beer, pedigree be damned. Sella says he's also planning the next Uno's beer dinner, though a firm date has not been fixed. But staying tuned here will allow you to be among the first to know.

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