Uno Chicago Grill in Metuchen, NJ had their second ever cask event on Saturday, March 28th, 2009. It was a pay as you go event hosted by Brew Master Mike Sella and staff . The event was a good one. The beers I had from the list were pretty decent. Smaller scale events like are very good. It was a pay-per-glass event and everything was at a great price point.
The head brewer took a minute to talk to us, and when we had questions about what we were drinking. It was a great event, a nice event to start off the spring. This was a style of event I would definitely like to do again .
“You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again.” But I only tasted 5 beers at the event. The first beer I had was the Yards Brawler(oak aged). It was a ruby mild with low alcohol, aged with oak chip and dry hopped. It had a decent smoked, woody body .
The second beer was by Uno’s. It was the Station House Red and it was a session beer and that you had to let work. It had fruity notes, but it was also dry hopped. That added an extra dimension to it. I got to try the beer as it’s normally served also, much better casked.
The third beer I had the Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter. It was a stoutish dark chocolate porter with coffee hint, but lacked unique flavor. It was a good example of the style but did not have any individuality to it.
The fourth beer I had was the Yards Philly Pale Ale (dry hopped). There were apricot flavors that smacked you around. It was a very fruity example that I re-dubbed ‘Fruity Pal Ale” or “FPA.” I also had a little of the Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale it was a light and fruity ale. It would make a nice summer beer.
The final lineup consisted of:
- Uno’s Cask Ike’s IPA American-Style India Pale Ale
- Cask Station House Red American-Style Amber/Red Ale
From other Various Brewers from the Northeast the were:
- Cask Climax Helles The Hoffmann Helles (pronounced Hell-es), which is German for “bright” is a pleasant and easy to drink summer beer with a bready/grainy taste.
- Cask Captain Lawrence Double IPA
- Cask Captain Lawrence Pale Ale
- Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter
- Cask River Horse Special Mild English Ale
- Cask River horse hop hazard American Pale Ale
- Cask Sly Fox Phoenix pale ale American Pale Ale brewed with Pale and Crystal malts and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. Copper in color, medium-bodied and spicy.
- Cask Sly Fox 113 ipa, IPA for all the hopheads out there, brewed with British Pale and Crystal malts, and hopped with Centennial, Cascade, German Northern Brewer, & UK East Kent Goldings. Bold and spicy
- Cask Yards Brawler (oak aged) crafted in the style of English session ales.
- Cask Yards Philly Pale Ale (dry hopped) Brewed with pilsner malt.