By William Brand
Thursday, March 27th, 2008 at 10:14 am in Uncategorized.
If you have even the faintest interest in real ale — that is, beer that is served fresh, unfiltered and non-pastuerized and not pushed by gassy CO2 or nitrogen, then the place to be next Saturday, April 5, is Triple Rock Brewery, 1920 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. Doors open at 11 a.m,. and the festival runs into the early evening
The event is the 5th annual Firkin Gravity Festival, which was conceived by Triple Rock head brewer Christian Kazakoff. So far more than 25 craft breweries, are bringing real ales. Cost is $20, which gets you in the door and provides a fest glass and five tasting tickets. Additional tastings are $1 each or six for $5. No reservations. Show up at the door.
The Firkin Fest is a benefit for the Alisa Anne Ruach Burn Foundation. More info here,
What in the hell, you ask, is a firkin. A firkin is/was a small, wooden British ale cask containing 9 imperial gallons (about 10.8 U.S. gallons.) In the UK, firkins are closely associated with real ale. Here in the U.S. we love the term and the chance for alliteration. Great firkin ale!
The American definition of real ale follows the English example. Unfiltered, non-pastuerized beer, allowed to ferment in the cask, or container or keg. It’s also not pushed out by CO2 or nitrogen. The trick is natural flow. The variety at the last Firkin Fests has varied tremendouslym, from chocolate black beers to uber hoppy pale ales.