Volunteering at NERAX is a great way to support the festival and enjoy it too!
Volunteers make the festival happen. Volunteers help us throughout the week of NERAX, from setup to breakdown. If you work as a volunteer, you may attend one session of the festival as our guest. No matter which shift you work, all volunteers are invited to the Staff Party on Saturday night.
We are now looking for volunteers for NERAX. We will need your help from setup on Sunday March 22, during the festival on Wednesday, March 25 to Saturday, March 28, and during breakdown on Sunday March 29. If you wish to volunteer, please fill in the Volunteer signup for NERAX form and click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
During the festival, we ask that you arrive at Lord Hobo Brewing Company about half an hour before the session starts. Please make sure to allow extra time for traffic! This gives you time to check in, receive your assignment, and meet with your supervisor for training. We also ask that you stay about half an hour after the end of the session to help clean up the hall.
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.