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Feb 14, 2008 10:26 AM

Cask beer on hand pump?

Cask aka real ale. Hand pump aka beer engine.

Searching the archive here I find no reports.

Google's not finding anything either.

Only reference I find on refers to renting for a party.

Jonathan Gold comes through with a 1998 review of John Bull Pub (closed?) and a 2007 review of Ye Olde King’s Head.

Any other sightings?

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  1. Not 100% sure, but I think Rock Bottom Brewery offers cask ales from time to time.

    1. Naja's Place in Redondo always has something great on cask, often a beer from Stone Brewery. Ye Old King's Head is a huge missed opportunity for English beer. No cask and nothing special. Lame.

      I believe Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena has a hand pump, but I'm not positive, and all three Pizza Port's down south have real ale - and yes, it's worth the drive.

      1. Second Naja's and Sometimes Lucky's, the same Owner of Luck B's also owns the Delerium Cafe in Sierra Madre. Believe it or not, several BJ's have beer engines/pumps/cask ale I know the one in Woodland Hills usually does. Also, the White harte, a mediocre pub in Tarzana or Woodland Hills also has an engine.

        Look up McG's in Chatsworth and see if they have one. I wonder if Aaron at Boneyard Bistro has one yet?

        It would help all Beer Geeks to pick up Jay Shivek's "Beer Guppy's Guide to Southern California" which lists real Ale destinations.

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        1. re: Diana

          She's right: that book is really helpful. Mine's in the car but I know it has a little hand pump icon to denote all the places with casks.

          If you're willing to go to the OC I think the following places can help your craving:
          Backstreet Brewing, Ladera Ranch and Irvine
          BJs, Brea
          Taps, Brea
          Newport Beach Brewing Co, Newport Beach

          1. re: jen.m

            The casks at Back Street Brewery (at least in Ladera Ranch) are tapped on the first Thursday of every month at around 3 in the afternoon and they ususlly don't last past Saturday night- I personally think that the cellerman for Back Street does a GREAT job! I hear through the grapevine that he'll be offering not only thier casks in '08, but he'll be bringing in ones from some guest breweries like Stone to spice things up.

        2. Seven Grand had a cask night in January. Casey's may have cask nights later in 2008. I continue to make rumors of Craftsman casks in the hope that I'll see one someday.

          Best cask I've had around here was O'Brien's in San Diego.

          1. The York in Highland Park was advertising Craftsman Poppyfields Ale on cask the other night, but they were actually out of it. The bartender said they should have it in again this Thursday, though!