Despite the horrid downpour last Monday people turned up in abundance to get a taste of the Cask VS Keg Showdown at Craft Beer Company. The crew behind the bar worked heroically to push out over 400 glasses of beer to the mass of people waiting eagerly with their score cards.

Cask vs Keg at the Craft Beer Co

To recap the concept quickly, in case you weren’t there, this is how it worked: Four beers, served from both cask and keg, one beer at a time, served in an epic blind tasting event. Each beer was scored out of 5 on aroma, mouthfeel, taste and overall. Comments could be added and people gave an indication of how similar they thought the two serving methods were. That’s it.

As the beer started flowing it quickly became apparent that things were not going to be clear cut. Sometimes the cask had a deeper flavour than the keg, other times the freshness of the keg made the beer pop more. It was a close race. How close will be revealed next week when we’ll be back with our official findings, accompanied by graphs and geeky data, as well as comments both from the public and our expert judges. Watch this space.

People were smiling and seemed to enjoy themselves. So much in fact that we decided to post some of the best photos from the night here. Enjoy.

Cask vs Keg at the Craft Beer Co

All the beers from the night: Magic Rock Highwire, Thornbridge Jaipur, Darkstar Revelation and Siren Broken Dream.

Cask Vs Keg at Craft Beer co

Cask vs Keg at the Craft Beer Co

Cask vs Keg at the Craft Beer Co

There was a lot of sipping, sniffing, swirling and smiling going on.

Cask Vs Keg at Craft Beer Co

The discerning judges, Andy Smith from Partizan and Will Hawkes of Craft Beer London fame.

Cask vs Keg at the Craft Beer Co

Cask vs Keg at the Craft Beer Co

The amazing Craft Beer Co crew. Special thanks to Tom Cadden who made the whole event actually happen.

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The aftermath. Now all we need is a shot of all the headaches the next day.

Credits:
Most photos by Mark Daw (@mdaw).