28 Photos - Feb 19, 2013
Photo: Owen Ogletree, Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting founder/director, places ribbons on the award-winning casks. The event attempts to highlight classic styles of cask ale along with some fun, experimental batches with special ingredients.Photo: The Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting (ACAT) is the premier cask ale event in the Southeast.Photo: Dave Blanchard of the Brick Store Pub and Phil Farrell were two of the judges at our 2013 ACAT.Photo: Judges awarded ribbons for best specialty and classic style real ales.Photo: Photo: L-R: Judges Richard Miley of Chops & Hops gastropub in Watkinsville, The Beer Wench, Ted Hull and Dean Graves.Photo: Casks were kept on the cool patios of 5 Seasons Brewing and Taco Mac Prado.Photo: The casks at ACAT are prepared and cared for in expert fashion.Photo: The Taco Mac crew prepares for the oncoming crowd at ACAT.Photo: Photo: ACAT is a benefit for the Atlanta Humane Society. Here are some volunteer pourers from AHS.Photo: Photo: The thirsty crowd descends.Photo: Spike Buckowski of Terrapin Beer Company explains the brewing process (or something just as important) to Lee Dickson of the Brick Store pub.Photo: Rachel pours a sample of Port Brewing's Mongo IPA.Photo: Les manned the Left Hand Milk Stout cask.Photo: Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout took third place classic style ale.Photo: Moon River's John Pinkerton (center) was thrilled by his third place award in the specialty category for his highly sessionable Slo-Vannah Pale Ale with a hint of citrus zest.Photo: Owen mugs with his buddy Ale Sharpton.Photo: An ACAT attendee sports a shirt paying tribute to the great beer writer Fred Eckhardt.Photo: Owen Ogletree places the ribbon for first place classic style on the tasty cask of Uinta Hop Notch IPA.Photo: BJCP Grand Master Beer Judge Phil Farrell gives his pet chicken a sample of real ale at ACAT.Photo: Fred Crudder (left) serves as beverage manager for Taco Mac and plays a vital role in the success of ACAT each year.Photo: KP enjoyed the range of specialty ales available at ACAT.Photo: These special batches of real ale delighted the ACAT crowd.Photo: 5 Seasons' Big Ken poses with the first place classic style medal for brewer Kevin McNerney's Allgood aged in bourbon barrels.Photo: Owen Ogletree is impressed by Hole in Juanita Mazurt grabbing second place specialty beer AND people's choice. The spicy, strong stout was the brainchild of Hamp Covington (left) and Dan Rosen (right), and the beer was guest brewed at Burnt Hickory.Photo: New Belgium provided a cask of extremely rare, sour base beer from the Colorado brewery's wooden aging tanks. Quite a treat!