I got word that Iron Hill - Wilmington just put a cask of Bourbon Vanilla Porter (it is their Pig Iron Porter aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans) on their engine. I will have to stop by tomorrow after work for a pint. They have a couple firkins of that and then their Iron Bound APA will take its turn. In the near future Bourbon Vanilla Oatmeal Stout (oatmeal stouts are suited for hand pump IMO), Old Tom Barleywine, and Bourbon Russian. The brewers at Iron Hill - Wilmington do a great job. If you made it to Belgium comes to West Chester they brought the Cannibal Noctornum. Please check out their website for more info: www.ironhillbrewery.com
Cask ale or Real Ale: a beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide. (CAMRA Definition)
CAMRA: the Campaign for Real Ale, is an independent, voluntary, consumer organisation which campaigns for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights.
Firkin: Nine (9) Imperial Gallons or 72 Imperial pints (20 oz.). Common size of a Real Ale Cask. This was the size of the wooden beer casks of yore in England.
Pin: 1/2 a firkin. 4 1/2 Imperial Gallons. Another common size of a Real Ale Cask.
Polypin: Device for taking home cask ale. Usually available in 5, 10, and 20 Liter packages similar to boxed wine. Ask your local brewer for more info.
Beer Engine: Device to pump cask beer from the cellar to the bar.
Hand Pump: Device used to dispense the cask ale at the bar.
Gravity Pour: Way of dispensing cask ale directly from the cask via gravity, usually done at the bar in lieu of a Hanp pump and beer engine set-up.