Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cask Days Announces 5th Annual Cask-Conditioned IPA Challenge

Toronto, ON

Cask Days invites you to participate in the 5th Annual Cask-Conditioned IPA Challenge taking place Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. This year's challenge will be hosted by barVolo (587 Yonge St. Toronto) and feature 32 cask-conditioned IPA's from 32 different breweries (Ontario & Quebec). Participating IPA's be served blind through gravity cask and will compete heads up in a single elimination bracket tournament. The top score of each beer pairing will advance to the next round. Attendees will have the opportunity to rate and score beers over three rounds. All beers will be revealed as their knocked out of the challenge. The final four beers remaining in the challenge will compete in one last round at Cask Days in October this year.

Live IPA Challenge Updates Will Be Posted On Twitter (#ONCASK)http://twitter.com/caskdays


* Round One (12pm - 4pm) - $20.00* - Saturday, May 4th, 2013
* Round Two (5pm - 9pm) - $20.00* - Saturday, May 4th, 2013
* Round Three (12pm - 4pm) - $20.00* - Sunday, May 5th, 2013
* IPA Tap Takeover (4pm-2am) - Open To General Public (No Tickets Required) *

* Featuring 26 India Pale Ale Hybrids on tap (Belgian IPA, Black IPA's, Double IPA's etc..)
* Round Three Ticket holders will have first access to the tap take over.


* The IPA Challenge is a tasting event.
* Ticket prices ($20.00) do not include HST taxes (13%) or online processing fees.
* Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
* Please print a copy of your ticket (sent via e-mail) - will be required at the door (with ID)
* Paypal account is not required for purchase, select "pay with credit / debit card option"
* 19+ event. ID will be required and checked at the door


* Commemorative 5th Annual Cask-Conditioned IPA Challenge glass
* Admission to a four hour session with 32 different IPA's to choose from
* One beer sample ticket (1/4 pint) - 125mL
* IPA Challenge Score Card, Vital Statistics Chart & Pencil
* Additional tasting tickets will be $2.50 (1/4 Pint) - 125mL


* All participating IPA's must follow BJCP style guidelines of an American or English IPA
* Entries must be cask-conditioned with no added ingredients. Dry hopping is permitted
* Beers will be assigned a random display number and will be served blind #oncask.
* Beers will be paired and go heads up in a single elimination bracket tournament (2 Divisions)
* The top score from each pairing (at the end of each round) will advance to the next round.
* If a beer is not serve-able, it will automatically be disqualified from the challenge.
* Customers will be presented score cards to rate/score participating IPA's
* During the challenge all beers still competing will be served in a 1/4 pint
* Beers that don’t advance will be disclosed and become available by the 1⁄2 and full pint.
* First round results will be weighted as 60% judge score and 40% public score.
* Judges Will Consist Of Brewers, Writers, Home Brewers, BJCP Certified Judges & Enthusiasts.
* There will be a total of three rounds for this years event.
* The FINAL FOUR will be held at Cask Days Festival in October 2013.


Great Lakes (Toronto, Ontario) http://www.greatlakesbeer.com/

Grand River (Cambridge, Ontario) http://grandriverbrewing.com/

Amsterdam (Toronto, Ontario) http://amsterdambeer.com/

Cheshire Valley (Toronto, Ontario) http://www.cheshirevalleybrewing.com/

Muskoka (Bracebridge, Ontario) http://www.muskokabrewery.com/

Black Oak (Toronto, Ontario) http://blackoakbeer.com/

Beau's (Vankleekhill, Ontario) http://www.beaus.ca/

Indie Ale House (Toronto, Ontario) http://indiealehouse.com/

Granite (Toronto, Ontario) http://indiealehouse.com/

Clock Tower (Ottawa, Ontario) http://clocktower.ca/

House Ales (Toronto, Ontario) http://houseales.com/

Cameron's (Oakville, Ontario) http://www.cameronsbrewing.com/

F&M (Guelph, Ontario) http://fmbrewery.com/

Sawdust City (Gravenhurst, Ontario) http://www.sawdustcitybrewing.com/

Nickelbrook (Burlington, Ontario) http://www.nickelbrook.com/

Kensington (Toronto, Ontario) http://www.kensingtonbrewingcompany.com/

Flying Monkey (Barrie, Ontario) http://theflyingmonkeys.ca/

Double Trouble (Guelph, Ontario) http://doubletroublebrewing.com/

Left Field (Cambridge, Ontario) http://www.leftfieldbrewery.ca/

Dieu Du Ciel! (Montreal, Quebec) http://www.dieuduciel.com/

Benelux (Montreal, Quebec) http://www.brasseriebenelux.com/

Bellwoods (Toronto, Ontario) http://bellwoodsbrewery.com/

Dunham (Dunham, Quebec) http://www.brasseriedunham.com/

Swansea Homebrew Club (Toronto, Ontario)

Get Well (Toronto, Ontario) http://www.getwellbar.com/

Wellington (Guelph, Ontario) http://www.wellingtonbrewery.ca/

Radical Road X Shacklands (Toronto, Ontario) https://twitter.com/RadicalRoadBrew

Oast! (Niagara, Ontario) http://oasthousebrewers.ca/

Hopfenstark (L'Assomption, Quebec) http://www.hopfenstark.com/


1st Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge
Winner: Duggan's #9 IPA

2nd Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge
Winner: Great Lakes My Bitter Wife IPA

3rd Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge
Winner: Great Lakes Karma Citra IPA'

4th Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge
Winner: House Ales Westside iPA


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