Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Brew Your Cask Off is almost here!

Hey homies!
I just got the press release with all of the specifics of the 2nd annual Brew Your Cask Off Festival held by SweetWater Brewery in the ATL. I posted the initial announcement here and I cannot wait to judge this again. Most brews will be killer while others will suck all in the name of creativity, crazy ingredients and wacky concepts. That's the name of the game but it's so fun to see who really is the best "one day" brewer in Atlanta. You better be there because it is going to be a blast! 
- Ale

ATLANTA – From restaurants to media, first-time brewers to home brewing clubs, SweetWater Brewing Company has gathered an extensive and exciting list of participants for their second annual “Brew Your Cask Off” Cask Ale Festival.  Join us March 5, 2011 from 6-10pm as attendees are invited to try the recently crafted casks from more than 80 guest brewers.

15th Street Pizza & Pub                                                                   Meehan’s Public House
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution                                                 Mellow Mushroom (2 participating locations)
All About Beer Magazine                                                               Neighbor’s Pub
Allgood Lounge                                                                                  Open Hand
Atkins Park Tavern                                                                          Ormsby’s
Atlanta Humane Society                                                                Padriac’s
Bhojanic                                                                                                Park Tavern
Brewmasters of Alpharetta                                                          Parker’s on Ponce
Brick Store Pub                                                                                  Ri Ra Irish Pub
Cheeky                                                                                                  Rocky Mountain Pizza Company
Covert Hops Society                                                                         Rosebud
Cypress Street Pint & Plate                                                            Sherlock’s
Dantanna’s                                                                                          Six Feet Under
Dark Horse Tavern                                                                           Southern Brewing News
Deckard’s American Tavern                                                         Steinbeck’s
Diesel Filling Station                                                                          Summits Wayside Tavern
Draft Magazine                                                                                  Taco Mac (2 participating locations)
Fado Irish Pub                                                                                     Tap
Final Gravity                                                                                        Team United Distributors
Five Points Bottle Shop                                                                     The Beer Connoisseur Magazine
Fontaine’s Oyster House                                                                 The Dunwoody Restaurant Group
Gas South                                                                                              The Five Spot
Georgia Ale & Lager Sirens                                                            The Fred
Georgia Organics                                                                               The Marlay House
Gibney’s Pub                                                                                        The Midway Pub
Green’s                                                                                                  The Porter Beer Bar
Hand in Hand                                                                                        The Tavern at Phipps
Hob Nob                                                                                                  The Vortex Bar and Grill
Hop City                                                                                                  Thirsty Monk
Hudson Grille                                                                                        Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
INHBC                                                                                                      Total Wine & More
JDRF                                                                                                         Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits
Jones Is Hungry                                                                                   Trappeze Pub
Mac McGee’s Irish Pub                                                                    Twist
Mac’s Beer & Wine                                                                           Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Manuel’s Tavern                                                                                Varner’s Tavern
Marietta Pizza Company                                                                 Wild Wing CafĂ©
Marlow’s Tavern                                                                                Williamson Bros. BBQ
McCray’s West Village Tavern

As far as the competition portion of BYCO goes, all entries will be judged by a handpicked group from the Atlanta scene led by John Pinkerton, Brewmaster at Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah.  The winning casks will be announced at 9pm, the evening of the festival. Entries will also be available for festival goers to sample and vote for the People’s Champ Award. The judges’ top four casks and the People’s Champ will have their casks recreated and served at the SweetWater 420 Fest April 15-17 in Candler Park. 

The festival area, now in front of SweetWater Brewery, will be tented making this a rain or shine event.  In addition to all the specially-created cask ales, attendees can also savor SweetWater’s award-winning array of year round brews, get their fill with Williamson Brothers BBQ, Ormsby’s, and other food vendors, enjoy live music, visit with participating non-profits and even take a guided tour of the infamous brewery.

Pets are not allowed at “Brew Your Cask Off,” but feel free to bring anyone else that is 21 and up with a valid form of ID (of course).  2011 sponsors include: O-I, Great Western Malting, Grandstand Sportswear & Glassware, Draft Magazine, and All About Beer Magazine.  Tickets are on sale now and available online at for $35 in advance, or $40 at the door.

About SweetWater Brewing Company: SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta-based craft brewery specializing in aggressive West Coast style beers. SweetWater’s brews are unpasteurized and designed to be consumed fresh so distribution is limited to the Southeast. The award-winning lineup of year-round brews includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Blue, Sch’Wheat and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a Catch and Release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year, and an experimental, one-time-only Dank Tank series. The SweetWater Brewery, open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., is located at 195 Ottley Dr NE, Atlanta GA 30324. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit

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