Cask Conditioned Beer

Cask conditioned may or may not be a term you are familiar with in the beer world. 

The process is very similar to the regular brewing process. Cask conditioned is really another way to package and serve beer. Here are a few of the main differences:

  • Instead of aging in a fermentor, the young beer is matured in a cask.
  • Beer matured in a cask produces unfiltered beer.
  • The matured beer is kept in the cask and ready to serve.

The process of dispensing the cask conditioned beer is the main difference. The cask beer is kept at cellar temperature (between 50 °F to 55 °F). The beer is served at cellar temperature making the beer less cold than regular dispensed beer (typically being in the mid-30’s °F). The beer is served directly from the cask. There is no use of carbon dioxide or other chemicals; the beer is hand-pumped out of the cask.

So what does this mean for the flavor of the beer? The beer is more delicately carbonated due to the pulling method. Cask beer is also unique because of the aging process. The cask tends to create a unique, bitter flavor. Any regular beers like stouts, IPA’s, and lagers can be aged in casks. The aging, temperature and pulling technique will change the flavor of a beer.

For example, if Flying Dog Brewery cask conditioned their In Wheat Heat Hefeweizen, it would taste very different from the normally brewed batch. 

Brewer’s Alley is a local restaurant/brewery that serves cask conditioned beer. They tend to take their own beers and cask condition them so costumers can taste the difference. The cask changes weekly. The brewery is constantly cask conditioning different beers. Stop by and see what’s on cask this week!

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More Downtown Frederick Happy Hour!

Downtown Frederick has an awesome range of bars downtown. Happy hour is happiest at these two bars with some of the best deals.

Brewer’s Alley: Frederick’s first original brewpub with a great location. Since 1996, Brewer’s has been brewing and serving craft beers to all the thirsty tricks. Backed by a full menu and amazing food, Brewer’s is one of Frederick’s most popular restaurants and bars. Brewer’s also has two patios, one out front on market street and one out back. The location, food and beer is a local and tourist attraction.

Brewer’s has all their own beer on tap. They have their year rounds like the Kolsch, Oatmeal Stout, Hefeweizen, India Pale Ale, and Nut Brown Ale. They also have seasonal beers such as the Blueberry Wheat and Oktoberfest. The guest beers they offer on draft are Monocacy Brewing Company’s Raspberry Brown Ale and Red All Over an American red ale.

Heather Kio has been bartending at Brewer’s Alley for seven years. Kio comments on their happy hour “It’s laid back, not crazy, the best happy hour is Wednesday night because we have a cajun buffet and extended happy hour ’til 9.”

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • $2.75 all draft beer
  • Live Music Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • Sunday happy hour: 9 p.m.-close
  • Cajun buffet Wednesday 8 p.m.-close

Cellar Door: Frederick’s best dive bar around town. A lounge style pub with tons of weekly events and happy hour deals going on. Located on the corner of Church St. and Market St. down in the downstairs part of the building, Cellar door truly has a cellar atmosphere.

Kenny Bromfield has been bartending for five months at Cellar Door “The nightlife is the best in Frederick. Even on our slow nights, the nature is still great because of the music.” Bromfield knows about nightlife, having been in the bartending industry for 12 years. Bromfield comments on his favorite night, trivia night, at Cellar Door “It’s entertaining to me to see how much I know and to see people play.”

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 6 p.m.-Close

  • $2.50 domestic bottles
  • $3.50 pints
  • $5 select wines by the glass
  • $3 rail
  • $15 bottles of FlipFlop Wine
  • $6 martini’s
  • Open Mic Night Tuesday
  • Trivia Night Wednesday
  • Live Music Thurs.-Sun.
  • Comedy Show every other Sunday.