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SALT Cask is here!
by Nadir Zairi
We’re pleased to announce that our brand-new cask range is now available in a pub near you! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring you a brand-new line of only the finest Yorkshire brewed cask beer.
Cask beer has always been a huge part of our cultural and brewing heritage, like many other breweries within our community. Now, in 2022 after two years of the pandemic, cask beer has made a triumphant comeback and we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of breweries producing even more cask with only the most premium ingredients.
Here at SALT, our brew team, sales team and office team are huge lovers of a good old pint of cask beer, so we thought it was about time we took the opportunity to bring it back and brew some of our own. We wanted to have the chance to educate and build appreciation for a style of beer that is prominent within our brewing community.
What is cask beer you ask? Well, cask beer is usually unfiltered beer, that is racked into casks, it’s then carbonated and sealed, and then it undergoes a slight final fermentation in the cask. Often finings (clarifying agents) will be added to help the beer drop bright (clear once settled). The way that a cask is stored and poured, is extremely important to ensure that the quality of the beer remains the same from the moment it left the brewery, so we’re ensuring that only the finest of pubs are getting their hands on our lovely SALT Cask.
Cask beer can be served in two different ways, the most popular being a beer engine (hand pulled) and the other being dispensed using a cask tap, but these are mostly used for beer festivals and personal events. There isn’t anything much better than a perfectly poured hand-pulled pint! You could say that hand-pulls are a staple in any traditional or real ale pub within the UK, but they did almost vanish in the early 1970s as the lager and kegged beer revolution began to take over. But, fast-forward to the following year, and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) formed and made it their mission to ensure that cask beer was available for all to try and for small breweries to continue producing beer for everyone.
You might’ve seen SALT Blonde down at your local, we hope you got to sample a taste of what’s more to come! Last month we were delivering casks of SALT Blonde all over West Yorkshire to see just how much you lot like it, and we can tell you it’s been successful.
So, without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to the first instalment of our brand-new rotational cask range…
Centennial – 4.0% – Dry-Hopped Pale Ale.
Showcasing Centennial as the chief hop, smooth session ale with orange, marmalade and tropical fruit aromas, complemented by a piney bitter finish.
ESB – 5.6% – Extra Special Bitter.
We’ve put our very own twist on this traditional family brewery beer style to bring you our very own Extra Special Bitter. Dark Amber in colour with soft red fruit on the nose, complemented by a mellow malt. East Kent Goldings were added at the dry-hop to give this beer the traditional bitterness you would expect, blended with Idaho Gem, Talos and Loral.
Sabro – 4.5% – Hazy Vermont IPA.
Leading with Sabro hops, this Vermont style ale is a full-tilt fruit hit of tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit, and stone fruit. Bringing the signature SALT style to cask, expect a hazy beer with a smooth body and balanced bitterness.