By Hope Nelson, special to Edible DC
Let’s get one thing straight right away: Cask-conditioned ale fans are a hardy bunch. What else would explain the gaggle of devoted beer tasters huddled under tents and umbrellas in a steady, 55-degree drizzle on a Saturday afternoon in Falls Church?
Indeed, toasts and cheers abounded at the Mad Fox Cask Ale Festival, one of the region’s largest celebrations of cask-conditioned ale. Though the weather was hardly picture-perfect – the balmy, overcast morning gave way to rain and chill by noon – the tasting-glass-toting patrons circling the casks didn’t seem to mind a bit. And why would they? With dozens of cask ales to try from breweries ranging from right across Market Square (Mad Fox) to across the river (DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars) to across the state (Starr Hill) to … well, Idaho (Laughing Dog), the cask-ale community was well-represented indeed.
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