WHITEHORSE, YK – Canada’s northernmost brewing company, Yukon Brewing, has launched a new series that will see a different cask ale available for growler fills at the brewery store each week.
According to Yukon founder and president Bob Baxter, the intent of the program is to “keep our brewers engaged and imaginative, and keep our customers appreciative of having a local brewery by giving them more of what they could not otherwise get.”
The series kicked off last Friday with a special version of the brewery’s flagship pale ale, Yukon Gold, with honey used as the priming sugar. It will continue today with a variation on Yukon Red primed with maltose, and next week will feature Lead Dog Ale primed with Demerara sugar. Future installments are being planned by brewer Rob Monk, and release dates and details on the beer to be featured will be announced each week via the brewery’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Currently, the brewery has six casks in rotation, with two being filled for each beer. For the initial beer, one cask was tapped Thursday for staff sampling, and the second was tapped on Friday for growler sales starting at 11:00 AM when the store opened. According to Baxter, “with the use of a little social media to get the word out, it was emptied over the lunch hour,” so quick sell-outs are likely for future releases as well.
Baxter also notes that there are no plans at this time to have cask ale available in local bars and restaurants, but that may be explored in the future.