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The spigot is closed. | by Thomas Cizauskas
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The spigot is closed.

Commercial cask ale in America —after a mini-resurgence from the late 1980s through the late 20-aughts— appears moribund, relegated (with rare exceptions) to one-offs, terrible technique, and Frankensteinian experiments in extranea.


Feeling sad about that (and thirsty).

15 July 2019.



▶ This is a redo of a photo taken in 2012 at a cask ale festival at Mad Fox Brewing, in Falls Church, Virginia. The brewpub was not one of those one-off offenders, but just the opposite: a fierce advocate for real real ale. Unfortunately, it closed in 2019.

▶ How commercial real ale went wrong in America.

— Via YFGF (September 2015).

▶ Doom and gloom aside, there is cask ale accreditation and training for pubs and brewery taprooms in the U.S. It's available via Cask Marque.

— Learn more, via YFGF.



▶ Photo by Yours For Good

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▶ Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.

---> Lens: Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R

---> Focal length: 18 mm

---> Aperture: ƒ/4

---> Shutter speed: 1/80

---> ISO: 200

---> Monochrome rendering via Nik Collection.

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Taken on November 3, 2012