Firkin Fest

Three words for you craft beer aficionados: Double Crooked Tree. For those of you less in the know, Double Crooked Tree is a hot commodity in the beer world. An IPA, it's brewed by the Marshall, MI-based Dark Horse Brewery, and it's one of over 60 different beers that will be available for tasting at this Saturday's third annual Firkin Fest at the Happy Gnome. If that fails to impress, well, damn, you're a tough crowd. Let's see if this does it for you: The event is one of the largest of its kind in the world, according to Happy Gnome manager Catherine Pflueger. How can that be? Well, this isn't just any old free-for-all beer-tasting festival. All the beers are being specially brewed, or cask-conditioned, for the event. Plus, getting the end product just right requires some extra TLC. The cask, called a firkin, needs to settle its contents for at least two days in 40-50 degree temps before getting served. The resulting unpasteurized brew, called real ale, is served at room temperature, and is less carbonated than a typical beer. Over 30 breweries will be on hand for the event with more than 60 firkins. Sold? Well, there's more: Chef Matthew Hinman will have a smoker rolling outside. It's gonna be epic. Tickets are available online at thehappygnome.com. 21+. (Photo by mccun934)
Sat., March 20, 1-9 p.m., 2010

 
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