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Tag: monkish brewing

Monkish Quietly Releases a Rare Bird and an Old Favorite

Rara Avis

If you caught the recent profile of Monkish founder Henry Nguyen in LA Weekly, you get a pretty fantastic picture of how the brewer approaches his business. Henry is a very low-key personality shying away from crowded festivals and has a distaste for marketing and promotion. In many ways it seems that Nguyen would prefer to stay below the radar rather than compete with the staggering expectations that popular breweries have to face. So it should come



5 Casks Not To Miss at Firkfest 2015

Cask Pyramid

To this very day, last year’s preview of Firkfest is one of the highest viewed posts on this site. It was a bit surprising to me at the time. After all, its really just me choosing three casks from the list and telling my readers that they should drink that beer, but you guys clearly wanted that kind of info going into the festival. I’ve since used the same kind of post for my previews



A Year In Beer: 2014 via Instagram

A Year In Beer

The end of the year calls for a lot of ‘best of’ lists and reflection on the previous twelve months. While considering what kind of content I was going to post on CaskAleLA to commemorate 2014 I went through my instagram feed as a way to remind myself of the year and realized that those photos are simply the best and most honest way to reflect on 2014. I’ve broken down the year month by month and chosen an



5 California Casks Not To Miss at Cask Days 2014

Cask Days

Going to a big beer festival can be both stressful and overwhelming. You only have so much time and, if you are going to a good festival, the beer selection should offer you more options than you could possibly drink. With over 300 beers available (have you seen this list?), Cask Days certainly falls into this category. But because I’m the person organizing the California brewery feature, I have the unique opportunity to have tasted



California Brewery Feature at Cask Days 2014, presented by CaskAleLA

Cask Days

Since starting this site in November 2013, my conversations about cask ale have inevitably led the mention of Cask Days, an all-cask festival in Toronto that is currently in its 10th year. Its a really fantastic festival that features hundred of cask ales from breweries all over Canada and its a big part of how I grew to love cask-conditioned ales in the first place. If you have been following my twitter and instagram lately,