Cask Nights at Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Cask Night

Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa Hours Of Operation

Cask Tapping Hours Every Thursday

Downtown: Thursday @ 6:00p
La Jolla: Thursday @ 6:00p
Sorrento Mesa: Thursday @ 6:00p
Carlsbad: Thursday @ 5:00p
4S Ranch: Thursday @ 5:00p
Temecula: Thursday @ 5:00p
Costa Mesa: Thursday @ 5:30p
Universal CityWalk: Thursday @ 5:00p
Tasting Room: Thursday @ 5:00p

    On Cask This Month

  • August
  • 8/7/14
    Motueka Tower 10 IPA
  • Stats: 7.0% ABV - 9 SRM - 70 IBU
  • Our West Coast IPA cask-conditioned with New Zealand-grown Motueka hops. Flavors and aromas of lemon, lime and tropical fruit are balanced by a subtle malt-backbone.
  • 8/14/14
    Maikai Trolley
  • Stats: 5.8% ABV - 30 SRM - 17 IBU
  • Our award-winning Irish Red Ale cask-conditioned with hibiscus. Also known as roselle, these flowers impart a distinct tartness to the beer. -“Maikai” is Hawaiian for “Good/Good-ness”
  • 8/21/14
    Toasted Coconut Wreck Alley
  • Stats: 9.5% ABV - 100 SRM - 50 IBU
  • Cask-conditioned with freshly toasted Hawaiian coconut, this version of Wreck Alley strikes a smooth balance between dark chocolate, coconut, and espresso-like roast.
  • 8/28/14
    Blackball Belgian IPA
  • Stats: 8.5% ABV - 14 SRM - 80 IBU
  • Blackball Belgian IPA cask-conditioned to perfection. Rich flavors of Belgian spice, orange zest and citrus hop bitterness are balanced by a clean malt backbone.
Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa Hours Of Operation

Greg Turk, Cask Master

Greg studied the art of brewing at the Siebel Institute World Beer Academy before joining the team here at KARL. His passion and creativity are the driving force behind our cask program and he is always searching for new and unique ways to showcase our beers while honoring traditional techniques. Whether through the addition of adventurous adjuncts or slight reinterpretations of classic styles, you can always count on Greg to deliver a killer cask.

(stop by the Tasting Room on a Wednesday and see what Greg has cooked up)

Tasting Room

Tap That Cask What is Cask Conditioned Ale?

Cask Conditioned Ale

Cask-conditioned beer is an ale that undergoes a secondary fermentation by maturing in small casks (approximately 11 gallons), which give it more developed flavors than draught beer. It is also smoother than keg beer because it is dispensed without the use of carbon dioxide (CO2). Draught beer is pushed from a keg using CO2, while cask beer is pulled out of the cask and drawn into the glass using a siphon pump device called a beer engine. This is the traditional serving technique found in pubs in the UK.

Cask-conditioned ales are stored and served slightly warmer than regular beer. The normal temperature for cask ale is 50-55°F. This temperature allows more of the delicate flavors that are developed during the secondary fermentation to be tasted.