Punjabi Pale Ale that is fermented, aged and served from the same cask. Dispensed through a beer engine, with natural carbonation.
Malts: Pale, Crystal 77, Carastan
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade
Yeast: English Ale
O.G. 15.2 Plato F.G. 2.2 Plato
Cask means container – originating from the Spanish cáscara which means tree bark, in the sense that the bark surrounds and holds the tree in the way that a cask surrounds and holds the beer. Our CCPP is in the family tree housing 17th century pale ales and 19th century India Pale ales. This beer completes its secondary fermentation in the container from which it is served.
Creating cask-conditioned (or “real”) ales is not complex. CooperSmith’s stores the unpasteurized and unfiltered Punjabi in a firkin—a wood, plastic or more often metal keg that holds 10.8 gallons, also called a “cask”—and the live yeasts added to the cask develop a gentle, natural carbonation. The beer is alive, organic, and dynamic, changing flavor every day, even after the cask is tapped. Hand drawn beer engines bring our CCPP from the aging cellar to the bar because the casks are not pressurized.
While America’s embrace of real ale might seem new and novel, in many respects it’s merely an renaissance of the country’s brewing past. At the turn of the 20th century in America, beer was cask ale by default. There was little refrigeration, and everything was served from wooden casks. Prohibition then took effect, effectively quashing the Cask – or Real Ale – movement before it could take hold.
Our Punjabi is our tribute to India Pale Ales, beers brewed in England in the 19th century for consumption in India. By necessity, generous amounts of hops were added to ensure the ale was fresh after it travelled around the southern tip of Africa.