|The humble exterior of the Cask and Flask|
|Hmmmm....take a closer look and the place looks promising|
Eric's place was a bit weather beaten and smelled a little funky, but served as a good refuge during those turbulent times. Calming New Age music constantly emanated at all hours from the closed door of his room. Eric let me keep few things in his fridge, but initially prohibited any alcohol. Over time, he began to relent on this restriction after polite requests to store a few beers in his fridge, most likely because I paid my rent on time. Eric told me "I don't want to tell people how to live their lives, but I don't want any drunks in my house". Figuring this meant I could keep a few beers in his fridge, some nights I'd walk down to the Cask and Flask and pick up a six-pack of something. I wasn't into craft beer back then, so it was usually Miller Genuine Draft, Rolling Rock, or Gordon-Biersch when I got bit wild and crazy. I certainly don't remember many imports or odd bottles from breweries I never heard of at the Cask & Flask back in those days. They just had the standard brews you could find anywhere.
After a living there for a little more than a year, I finally informed Eric I was moving out. Telling him his home was "a place of healing" during a difficult time in my life as handed him my last rent check, deep down I was dying to find my own place. A place where I could blast The Ramones from my stereo and stock up my own fridge with as much beer as I wanted. And besides, some of my best friends are Republicans. So I moved into a small studio apartment, and among other things, began to discover the endless variety and possibilities of craft beer. I stopped settling for the unsatisfactory and life has gotten a lot better since.
Seems like the Cask and Flask #1 has gone through a similar metamorphosis, transforming itself from an anonymous liquor store to a go-to craft beer destination. Obviously someone there wants this place to be a lot more than a typical liquor store. I just hope the Cask and Flask #1 keeps on being extraordinary.
|A great selection awaits those who venture inside|