Signs and tokens. A good system.

I’m not a beer girl. I really don’t enjoy hoppy beers. So Cask Days is an usual event for me to even consider attending. But I heard that Guy Rawlings (Bellwoods Brewery) was curating the food vendors and I’d also recently discovered that I actually enjoyed drinking Amsterdam’s Boneshaker – one of the hoppiest of them all. So when the opportunity came up to attend, I thought I’d give things a shot.  Here are some visuals and notes! 

Oh beer! How I only like some of you.

Funnel Cake (Bellwoods Brewery) with Bellwoods Brewery malt & centennial hops syrup. Yum

Cured meat plate with Thuet bread (Hogtown Charcuterie). They also had black oak braised sauerkraut & confit pork shoulder on a bun and pickled herring on pumpernickel! So sad I didn’t get to have the herring.

Robbie Hojilla’s soy-glazed pork & fermented vegetable sandwich. Tasty, though the vegetable wasn’t as fermenty as I thought it would be. Closer to pickled. Good sandwich. Enjoyed the banana ketchup!

Jay Carter’s salt-baked pretzel served with alsatian mustard. Chewy and warm and wouldn’t you know I’d been craving a soft pretzel all week!! Awesome.

Art along one of the walls. I also really was tickled by the X-Men art there.

Cask Days, even for a non-beer drinker, was an enjoyable event. Things seemed well-organized; good signage everywhere, token system was effective, and there was a good breadth of nibbles. To be able to try a lot of beers from across the country was a fun opportunity. And even though I didn’t love most of the beer I had, I did like some of them. If you’re remotely interested in beer, this was the event to hit. Pro-tip: hit session 1 if you can. Later sessions saw many beers become unavailable.