|Zach preps for the Cask Fest|
After at least three cask events as Uno’s Brewer, Zach Conner has the whole Cask Beer Fest thing down to a science.
“My first one was definitely more work in terms of acquiring and setting up the beers. That part’s easy now, thanks to all my contacts in the beer business.”
I arrived early to acquire a seat, set up my own beers and schmooze with my contacts behind the bar, so I chatted with Zach as he was tapping the iced-down kegs in preparation for what he hoped would be continuous throngs of beer nuts.
“The only thing I don’t know is how many will come or how long they will stay.”
In an attempt to encourage longer stays, Uno’s was providing live band entertainment from 3-5 PM. I didn’t stay to hear them, but I had a good excuse—helping my youngest son with a college assignment. And I didn’t want to be too many sheets to the wind, considering what I’m paying for his opportunity to graduate and go jobless for a couple of years.
Still, that looming task didn’t prevent us from stopping in, nailing down some half-priced Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas and sampling some of the ten beers on hand from six different breweries.
|Seth and Natalie|
Firkins were provided by Uno’s, Kane, Carton, Forgotten Boardwalk, Harvest Moon and Bolero Snort. I first sampled Uno’s Coconut Brown from the hand pump, and it paired superbly with my quesadillas. Then it was on to Coffee Cake from the hot-and-getting-hotter Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing folks from Cherry Hill. A very unique beer that could actually substitute for dessert—or breakfast. Kidney buddy Seth Dolled happened in and took a picture with Beer Nut Natalie Lay (advertising in a conspicuous place) and me.
Then it was time for a delicious Harvest Moon’s Irish Coffee Stout (conditioned with vanilla beans and Jameson soaked oak. And, still in a stout kind of mood, I had my son Cody get me a Bolero Snort Lucky Bomb—delicious, but at just 4.4% not destructive of the thinking process I’d need later to help with the assignment.
I heard rave reviews from bar-mates, like Hailey’s Harp owner Chris Flynn, about Carton’s Hoppun, and Carton of Milk Stout is one of The PubScout’s regular faves.
As I always say, you meet a lot of nice folks at beer events, and this time it was a delightful lass named Amy Dundee with whom I chatted about beer and our mutual hometown roots.
It’s 7 PM as I write (“my” college assignment dutifully completed), and for all I know, the event may still be in full swing. I hope so. And so does Zach Conner. But if you missed this event, which was pretty crowded at 2 PM, you lost—not him.