April 13, 2013 · 11:30 AM
Triple Rock Brewery
Yep, it’s that time of year again.
The Triple Rock Firkin Gravity Festival is happening on Saturday April 13th! The Rock opens at 11:30am for this event. $20 gets you in the door, a glass and four pours. Additional pours are $4 each. Proceeds go to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.
They don't post the breweries that will be pouring but here are some that have been featured in the past.
Iron Springs Brewery
EJ Phair Brewing
Oakland Brewing Company
Beach Chalet Brewing
Dying Vine Brewing
Black Diamond Brewing
Thirsty Bear Brewing
21st Amendment Brewery
Bear Republic Brewing
The Annual Firkin Gravity (Cask ale) beer festival is one of the best "small" beer festivals on the west coast. Hosted by Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley,CA, the festival featured select Firkin cask ales from 20 different breweries in northern California.
What is Firkin Cask ale?
Unlike most draft beers, firkin beers are not "injected with carbon dioxide, filtered ...pasteurized, stored in pressurized kegs and served through gas-powered taps." Instead, a firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered, and "naturally carbonated, or conditioned, in its cask by yeast transforming sugar into alcohol with a side of fizzy carbon dioxide trapped in the cask."
Serving the beer also requires great care, involving a kind of pulling, pumping action, "in a rhythmic repetition like a farmhand at a well." It's also served cool but not cold, ideally at about 55F degrees.
What you have with Firkin beer is truly "Crafted" flavorful beer.
Transportation: Triple Rock is just 3 blocks from the Shattuck BART station, and an easy walk.