Inland Wharf Brewing Co. produces its Cask Conditioned Ales by using a combination of modern and traditional brewing techniques.
Our Cask Ales are brewed on a modern electric brew house using traditional ingredients: malted barley, water, hops, and yeast.
After the brewing process is complete, the wort (unfermented beer) is sent to modern conical fermenters to begin fermentation.
- At the conclusion of primary fermentation, the beer is transferred into traditionally designed stainless steel casks to undergo a secondary fermentation where the yeast continues to ferment and condition (carbonate) the beer.
- To achieve proper conditioning the casks are moved to the cellar where they are kept at 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After proper conditioning, the cask is vented to reduce the pressure in the cask to allow for proper tapping and serving.
- The beer is allowed to mature for a time appropriate to the beer style. A mild will mature for only four or five days, a best bitter will mature for two weeks and Old ale may be cellared for a couple of months.
- The beer or more properly Cask Conditioned Ale is then served thru a Beer Engine with the correct appearance, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel a customer is expecting of cask ale.