Location: Seattle, WA
Brewery: Machine House
Reason: Pre-M’s game Cask Beer
There is a time in everyone’s life where they have to make the difficult decision. For many it is, “Do I want a cask beer”? Well, in our journey that question was answered for us, by Machine House. Machine house is in an awesome location (Georgetown) in an awesome building (ITS MADE OF BRICK!) and more importantly, it is all cask beer.
Sam and I enter with hesitation. Well, not me, I ran across the street and into the brewery. But Sam was hesitant, since she isn’t the biggest cask beer person in the world. Sam was also hungry. And you don’t mess with Sam when she is hungry. So we ordered a few cask beers and then I ran down the street to a neat little sandwich shop and got Sam some food.
For those who do not know, cask beer is a unique experience. Since you usually drink cask beer closer to room temperature. I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “So its just English beer!” Well, yes – but also no. True, many English style ales are cask beers, since it just works that way. But cask beer is about the way it is created. Beer is carbonated and pressurized with COs (Or nitrogen for those Guinness type), but cask beer isn’t done that way, it is more natural. When beer is done fermenting, it is transferred into a keg and carbonated (Not always, but lets keep it simple). Cask is when the beer is poured into a cask, in its natural form and from there (Again, keeping it simple) eventually gets poured into our stomachs. Because it isn’t chilled and carbonated, it will tend to be a bit more warm and wayyyyyy smooth. Many breweries will do a “Cask tuesday/wednesday/etc”. Or you can just go to Machine house.
They had 6 or so cask beers on tap. All of which were good. I had the gold, best bitter and brambling IPA. I was a big fan of the IPA and bitter, those just work perfectly with cask beer. Sam was not as impressed, but was a trooper and still had a few beers.
Regardless, just go and try a cask beer. You won’t regret it!