Remember, remember

The 5th of November

Of gunpowder treason and plot.

I can think of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

This 5th of November, the five Greeley breweries are teaming up with two Loveland breweries to bring together Greeley’s first ever Real Ale Festival. Spurred by Jeff Crabtree, owner of Crabtree Brewing, the Real Ale Festival has been formulated to shake the foundations of Greeley’s experience of craft beer. Crabtree stated, “I wanted to organize something that would bring the Greeley brewers together and expand Greeley’s craft beer experience.”

Unlike Guy Fawkes, the breweries will be armed with kegs of ale instead of kegs of gunpowder. Each brewery is set to bring one firkin that showcases their willingness to push the status quo. Of the beers in attendance, a couple to note is the collaboration between the brewers at Crabtree Brewing and Brix Brewery and Taphouse. Dave Frediani and Jeremy Fusco (respectively) came together in a fit of beer-fueled creativity and decided to make a Russian imperial stout aged on bacon bourbon oak chips, made with real bacon! On the other side of the spectrum, Grimm Brothers Brewing will supply a Blueberry Muffin Top Fearless Youth.

For those who don’t know, a cask ale, also known as a real ale, is a naturally carbonated beer, and is in essence how beer has been served for centuries, before the advent of modern keg and tap systems. They are prized for their velvety smooth texture and soft mouth feel. Cask ales vary between beer styles, from stouts to pale ales. Often times brewers take the opportunity, when brewing a cask ale, to come up with crazy and experimental brews. Also referred to as firkins, these are normally one-off beers, that once gone, are gone for good. Firkins and cask ales are not artificially pressurized which means they go bad very quickly and need to be consumed within a few days of tapping, though it is a distinct possibility for the ale supply to be depleted by the end of the festival.

For the festival, organizers planned four tiers of attendance options. To start, anybody can show up and experience the festival, free of charge, and can purchase pints of ale for five dollars a piece. A $5.00 general admission ticket, will buy a “Tasting Passport,” which allows purchasers one free tasting of each cask ale. Also included is a physical paper passport to track your favorites.  For $40, the “Real Ale VIP” package grants one hour early access to the festival, unlimited tastings, and a “Real Ale VIP Passport Booklet,” which provides intimate details on each ale, a full page write-up on each attending brewery, a tasting notes section and an autograph page. For $10 more feel free to bask in the glory that is the “Elite VIP of Epic Splendor” package. This highest tier provides all of the benefits of the Real Ale VIP package but also includes a premium cigar that can be enjoyed on the patio among the brewers and owners. Get your tickets here: http://www.realaleco.com/

We here at The Pint are excited for this experience. So in honor of all that we as Americans are experiencing right now, let’s all sit down over a pint of real ale, shove our fists in the air and say, “We drink cask, and that is all that matters!” Cheers!

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