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. 

These simple ingredients and the natural process of allowing the beer to carbonate and mature inside the cask have been used for centuries to produce a great tasting pint.