Lending a hand at Great Lakes Brewery in preparation for Bar Volo’s 4th Annual Cask Days IPA Challenge…

This coming weekend, April 20-22, Bar Volo will be hosting the 4th annual Cask Days IPA Challenge. The Challenge Spin Off is on Friday from 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. and features out of style IPA’s like Black IPA, Belgian IPA, Double IPA and other experimental IPA’s from breweries around the province.

One of these brews is called “Mangoverboard IPA”. My buddy Zack of Toronto Brewing teamed up with Mike Lackey of Great Lakes Brewery to brew a batch of this using freshly juiced and then frozen mangoes, topped up with my all time favourite hop: Citra. (check out the bag on my shoulder!)

Zack also teamed up with the Durham Homebrewers Club to enter “Sick Day IPA” into the challenge which will be facing off against Cameron’s Brewing “Rye PA” in the first round.

I had the pleasure of hanging out at Great Lakes Brewery for the afternoon and meeting Mike, Rob, Adrian & Harman. It was great to check out the setup. When I arrived, Mike & Harman were in the middle of brewing their second of three batches planned for the day of an “American Farmhouse Ale”. There’s nothing like the heavenly smell of a brew in action. Mike’s planning to try open fermentation for the first time to hopefully get some authentic farmhouse character. We obviously don’t have the same air quality as rural Belgium, but hopefully things will go well and bring something unique and tasty to the brew.

To prepare the Mangoverboard IPA for friday’s opening night, we added some more mango and dry hopped it with an addition of citra hops, half of them whole leaf and half in pellets. I’m sure this will be a killer IPA after a few days of stewing. I can’t wait to try this, along with the many great beers that will be at the IPA Challenge this weekend. If you’re in the Toronto area, come down and check it out!!


 CASK DAYS IPA CHALLENGE at Bar Volo, 587 Yonge St.,Toronto, Ontario.

  • Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


2 Responses to Lending a hand at Great Lakes Brewery in preparation for Bar Volo’s 4th Annual Cask Days IPA Challenge…

  1. Mmmmm. Mango. I try the occasional beer. That would be one to try, for sure. I’ll anxiously await your commentary on the results and then maybe… just baybe… brew a batch myself!

    • Haha! Unfortunately I didn’t get down to try the finish results. My daughter was home sick and I needed to watch her. I heard it was a big hit and sold out in 5 hours! So a missed opportunity for me, but I will have to mess around with something like that again.

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