My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
3 BREWERS DIY CASKS
Some people spend their lives fantasizing about brewing their own beer. I, on the other hand, have been lucky enough to tag along for a brew with some of the finest folks in the craft beer
industry in Canada (and a couple of really amazing “home brewers” too). Brewing beer is the ultimate in job satisfaction — you get to see your labours materialize into life-giving beer — beer that you can drink to celebrate your labours. There is nothing finer in life.
The other night I wanted to share this special experience with a few of my buddies, but getting 4 guys to commit to 8 hours was like trying to herd cats. I had just heard about a new type of brewing experience that the 3 Brewers on Adelaide Street were trying out that I thought may fit the bill.
The program that 3 Brewers have put together invites guests to come on down to the brewpub and create a cask version of one of their core beers. Some of you may have had a cask or two in your day, but for those who haven’t, a cask looks like a small steel barrel into which you place beer to condition. You can add all sorts of things into the barrel (berries, oak chips, vanilla beans, peppercorns, anything…) but your host brewmaster can help guide you and give you advice on how certain ingredients work together and why others might not. Once you decide on the flavours you want to impart in your cask the brewmaster will get a cask ready for you and make the magic happen. In roughly 2 weeks you get to come back and share the beer you have created. Each cask yields roughly 30 pints of beer so you can invite as many friends as you like back down to the brewpub to enjoy your creation.
For our crew we settled on the Brown Ale as our base. Into that we added grains of paradise, pink peppercorns, vanilla, oak chips (medium toast) and some cane sugar to wake up the yeast and get them working. When you read this I may very well be enjoying a pint of it!
We had a really good time down at the 3 Brewers working on our creation. If you are looking to plan an outing for a small group of people (anything from a stag/ stagette party to a corporate team builder) it would be well worth your while to pop by and see if you can schedule your own cask.