Local brewery to host annual Cask Ale Fest

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UTICA — Woodland Farm Brewery, 6002 Trenton Road, will host the 6th Annual New York State Cask Ale Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16.

“It’s been a long year and we all could use a beer with some friends,” reads an announcement by event organizers. “This exciting NYS craft brewing event will include participants from all across New York State and all of the Oneida County breweries...”

Among local participants will be:

7 Hamlets Brewing Company (Westmoreland);

16 Stone Brewpub (Holland Patent);

Baggs Square Brewing Company (Utica);

Beer Tree Brew Co (Port Crane);

Buried Acorn Brewing Company (Syracuse);

Copper City Brewing Co (Rome);

Eli Fish Brewing Company (Batavia);

Endless Life Brewing (Brooklyn);

Fulton Chain Craft Brewery (Old Forge);

Heritage Hill Brewhouse (Pompey);

Saranac (Utica);

Seneca Lake Brewing Company (Rock Stream);

Strong Rope Brewery (Brooklyn);

Upstate Brewing Company (Elmira); and

Woodland Farm Brewery (Utica).

This event is sponsored in part by the Heart of New York Craft Beverage Trail which features all of the Oneida County breweries participating in this event, organizers said.

“Woodland Farm Brewery has worked hard to educate and promote cask beer since their inception in 2015,” brewery officials said. “Cask ale is the traditional serving method that predates kegging and refrigeration. Cask ale is naturally carbonated which provides a smoother mouthfeel and more robust flavors!”

For this event, all of the state breweries will be bringing unique renditions of their beers that will only be available at this festival, organizers said. Cask ale is often conditioned on additional ingredients including hops, chocolate, coffee, fruits, and other creative offerings.

The styles of beer that have been confirmed so far range from IPAs, brown ales, imperial stouts and imperial porters, among others, organizers said, adding attendees are expected to enjoy an afternoon of unique cask offerings. Food will be available through Woodland Farm Brewery and music from Isaac French will round out the event, rain or shine.

The festival is an outdoor event with plenty of space on Woodland’s lawn to enjoy beers and open air.

General Admission tickets are $45, VIP tickets are $55, and Designated Driver tickets are $10. General admission tickets allow entrance at 3 p.m. while VIP tickets allow entrance at 2 p.m. for an additional hour of tasting, plus discounts on merchandise and food.

Tickets and more information are available at Woodland Farm Brewery’s taproom or online at woodlandbeer.eventbrite.com

More information available at woodlandbeer.com

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