No physical tickets will be issued. If you purchased advanced admission, please come to the Will Call line. Your name and the number of tickets you purchased will be on the list. All you need is your ID.
This year we expect to serve over 50 cask-conditioned beers and ciders over the course of the festival. With the wide array of American and British beers we acquire, our cellar team adds new beers to every session, providing an interesting and changing selection of real ales throughout the festival.
We are now looking for volunteers for the 8th annual NERAX North. This is a great way to support the festival and enjoy it too!
We need people to help us throughout the week, from setup on Sunday November 9, during the festival on November 13-15, to breakdown on Sunday, November 16. If you work as a volunteer, you may attend one festival session as our guest. No matter which session you work, you are invited to the Staff Party after the Saturday session on November 16.
If you wish to volunteer, please fill in the Volunteer signup for NERAX North form and click on the submit button at the bottom.
Real ale is a top-fermented beer that completes its secondary fermentation in the container from which it is served. Cask-conditioned beers are real ales served from the brewer's cask.
Every year, the Cask-conditioned Ale Support Campaign (CASC), presenters of NERAX, sponsors two scholarships for cellarmanship training. Cellarmanship is the art of caring for and presenting cask-conditioned beers. The training consists of an overview of cask-conditioned beers including the history, benefits, and artisan nature of Real Ale. It will also teach the trainee how Real Ale is made and placed into the cask. The trainee will learn how to properly cellar it, set it up, vent it, tap it and finally serve it. Along the way the trainee will be taught the skills needed to know when the cask ale is ready to serve as well as if it is fit to serve.
We are accepting applications for 2014. For details, see below.
CASC (the Cask-conditioned Ale Support Campaign) was formed in the spring of 1997 to promote real ale festivals in the Boston area. It was established to promote and educate brewers, publicans, and the public about the brewing, distribution, and pleasures of real ale. We are dedicated to the sensible enjoyment of top-fermented, traditionally brewed ales that undergo a secondary fermentation in the vessel from which they are served. CASC is a group of like-minded individuals who seek to expand the awareness of producers, distributors, and consumers about the use of traditional ingredients in, and dispensing of, real ales.