A “Firkin” Beer Festival This March

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:31am

Headquarters Beercade is planning a cask-conditioned ale festival for Sunday, March 30, 2014. Commonly referred to as firkins, the festival is appropriately named “What the Firk? Firkin Festival” and will take place at Headquarter’s Lakeview arcade on Sheffield.

Teaming up with the Chicago Beer Geeks, the event will bring together 25 firkins from around the US, including Two Brothers, 5 Rabbit Brewery, Half Acre and Brooklyn Brewery.

As former Londoner, a firkin is unique than the beers we often drink in the US because firkins have never been cold-filtered, pasteurized or carbonated by outside equipment.

Instead the ales mature inside the cask barrels and develop unique flavor profiles that evolve over time, similar to the aging process of wine. While this might not seem like a big deal, firkins are often considered “real ale” and more than 150,000 Brits are part of the organization CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to ensure the future of cask-conditioned ales.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3 at HQ Beercade or online at www.hqbeercade.com.



  • Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
  • VIP Tickets: $60 (12:00pm access, catered buffet, ale samples and souvenir tasting glass)
  • GA Tickets: $40 (1:00pm access, 25 sample tastings and souvenir tasting glass)
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Chicago Editor Joe Piehl
Joe Piehl

A TLT contributor since 2010, Joe is the Chicago Editor. Outside TLT, Joe keeps an eye out for awesome activities and he writes a travel blog: Joe the Explorer.

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