Boundary Bay Brewery is busy getting ready for the Washington Cask Beer Festival on March 28th. Not only do we have some great cask-conditioned ales to take down to the festival, but we’ve also been asked to brew one of the ten Herbert’s that will be featured the same weekend.
The Washington Cask Beer Festival has become a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. The event features over 60 handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from the region’s most innovative microbreweries. This festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. Poured by gravity the result is smooth ale with a thick dense head that brings out full flavor.
The Washington Cask Beer Festival celebrates its 10-year anniversary this March. To celebrate this milestone this year’s Festival will feature ten different versions of the Herbert’s Legendary Cask Fest Ale. The Herbert’s is a special beer that’s normally brewed collaboratively by a group of Washington brewers for the Cask Festival in honor of Bert Grant, a Northwest beer icon.
This year all ten versions of the Herbert’s are brewed loosely based on the original recipe, or its variations. In any case guests shouldn’t expect to see ten beers that are exactly the same since every brewer has their own idea of what the Herbert’s is. Some say it’s an Amber, while others say it’s a Pale Ale, IPA, Double IPA, etc. While there may be disagreements about what, exactly, is the style of the beer but one thing everyone can agree on is that the Herbert’s is a classic Northwest style beer- aggressively hoppy and refreshingly fruity, balanced with slight sweetness. Depending on each brewer’s interpretation and their personal taste, the “Ten Herbert’s” could be a wildly eclectic collection of tasty beers. Boundary Bay Brewery is one of the lucky breweries creating one of the ten special brews this year. Our Herbert Legendary Ale is a strong (7.7% ABV), hoppy American Amber featuring Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade hops with 2-Row, Crystal and Chocolate malts.
The Washington Cask Beer Festival is a fund raiser for the Washington Beer Commission, the first commission of its kind in the nation. Washington Beer is recognized internationally as being the highest quality thanks to the dynamic energy and creativity of the brewers and fresh ingredients available in our state. Established in July 2007 the Commission represents all 90+ breweries in Washington State and its mission is to ensure that more beer enjoyed in Washington state is made by its own craft brewers, using ingredients from our state’s agricultural industry.