- Sample ~50 rare,
ales from the USA and UK!
- See participating breweries at bottom of
- Take home a free Monday Night Brewing
- Experience one of the Southeast's most
highly regarded craft beer events!
- Delectable food from 5 Seasons and Taco Mac
will be on sale!
- Vote for "People's Choice" award!
- A morning panel of beer judges will award
medals to the top cask ales!
Tickets for 2018 on sale around August.
- Tickets are only
$43.50 plus tax and a low Xorbia processing fee. Tickets will sell
out online, and no tickets will be available at the door.
- Bring your Xorbia
ticket on your smartphone or printed out for entry. Also bring photo ID.
- Tickets are
transferable to other persons. We do not need prior notice on transfers.
- 21 and up. NO
children or pets please.
- Tickets are
- Also be sure to see
the "Attendance Notes" section near the bottom...
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at this event are licensed GA brands purchased by 5 Seasons and Taco
Mac (licensed beer retail servers) from licensed Georgia
distributors and sold to attendees by 5
Seasons and Taco Mac as part of a ticket
price. All federal and state taxes on the beer will be paid by 5
Seasons, Taco Mac and Georgia
do not pay for nor provide any monetary or promotional consideration to
organizers or to the locations of the event.
FOOD after the event!
We encourage attendees to hang around after the event for food
and beer at 5 Seasons and Taco Mac. Both locations are offering 10% off
your food purchases with an ACAT wristband!
operating and organizational costs, proceeds benefit the Atlanta
Society. AHS will also be present at the event to accept
additional, tax-deductible donations.
ACAT Guest Judges:
head brewer Mitch Steele
writer Des de Moor
Steve Hamburg of the
Chicago Beer Society
what is cask
ale (a.k.a. real ale)?
From London's Independent Real Ale Guide...
or cask-conditioned beer is a natural, living product. The beer is not
or artificially carbonated. It's placed into casks (called firkins),
often with extra hops for aroma, and delivered in unfinished form to
pubs. Here the beer enjoys a secondary fermentation in cask that
creates a full, mature flavour. In UK pubs, when the yeast has
settled, the beer is drawn by the familiar hand-pump attached to a
suction pump known as a beer engine. Some pubs without cellars still
serve beer straight from the cask using a simple gravity tap."
The Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting utilizes simple gravity taps to serve its
This is fresh ale the way it
was meant to be served. Attendees
at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting
(ACAT) will be amazed at the complexity and smooth, delicious character
these special real ales. The beer lineup at ACAT
will include cask versions of classic styles, some
dry-hopped versions (with fresh hops added to the cask),
specialty beers with exceptional ingredients! A panel of beer
will conduct a morning blind judging session and award "best of show"
casks are typcially elegant golden ales, pale ales,
bitters, mild ales, old ales or dark ales. Many brewers in the
USA (and a
few in the UK) include special ingredients and/or processes with the
10.8 gallons of beer placed in their casks (spices, fruit, wood,
chocolate, etc.). ACAT features casks from the UK and
USA for interesting comparisons. Which do you prefer?
All Your Cask Ale Equipment Needs
should always be conditioned and stored at cool temperatures (50-60
degrees F) because warm conditioning temperatures make for exploding
cask bungs and a tremendous mess. Cask ales can't be shipped in warm
months on non-refrigerated trucks, and this explains why casks seem
less prevalent in the U.S. during summer months. Casks taste best when
warmer than a chilly 50-55 degrees F, and cask ales should offer a
subdued, bright carbon dioxide sparkle and should never be flat - with
occasional exceptions involving well-aged, port-like, high-gravity old
ales or barleywines.”
-- Owen Ogletree, Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting Founder,
Director and Head Judge.