CASC, the Cask-conditioned Ale Support Campaign is an independent, volunteer organisation.
CASC was formed in the spring of 1997 to organize real ale festivals in New England. It was established to promote and educate brewers, publicans, and the public about the brewing, distribution, and pleasures of real ale.
We are dedicated to the sensible enjoyment of top-fermented, traditionally brewed ales that undergo a secondary fermentation in the vessel from which they are served.
CASC has an open membership consisting of professional brewers, publicans, home brewers, and beer lovers who seek to expand the awareness of producers, distributors, and consumers about the use of traditional ingredients in, and dispensing of, real ales.
CASC Members volunteer their time to plan and execute real ale events. Proceeds from each event are invested in maintaining and upgrading our equipment, educating the public, and starting the next event. The main events are the annual New England Real Ale Exhibition (NERAX) in the spring, and NERAX North in November. All our festivals feature open tastings of real ales collected from the UK, Germany and the US. CASC also participates in other beer festivals in the region.
In addition to the open tastings, our festivals include educational sessions, cellaring workshops, and brewer's symposiums featuring experts from Britain and the US explaining the technology used in producing fine real ales. This outreach is crucial for the spread of cask-conditioned ales in our area. We sponsor two annual cellarmanship training scholarships. Members of CASC also coordinate sending the best American real ales to the Great British Beer Festival.
CASC is financed by membership subscriptions, sales of books and merchandise and proceeds from NERAX beer festivals. CASC is a not for profit organization.
Why not join us today if you care about cask-conditioned beer?