A few weeks ago, Jay and I went to Sweetwater’s Brew Your Cask Off Festival, where 75 local entities (bars, non-profits, etc.) had answered Sweetwater’s call to make casks of unique, one-of-a-kind, sometimes highly experimental beer by adding their own ingredients to a base of Sweetwater’s creation.
I found out last week that MY FAVORITE beer of the evening - the Knobzilla Vanilla Oatmeal Stout, created by Wes Anderson, Beer Program Manager at the Cypress Street Pint and Plate, with help of course from the folks at Sweetwater - won the People’s Choice Award for best beer.
For the beer geeks reading this, here at Beer Advocate is a summary of the beer and an overview in Wes’s own words about how they went about making this fine, fine brew.
I also found out, via Wes, that Cypress Street was hosting a Beer Geek evening in which they would tap the LAST EVER cask of Knobzilla Vanilla. So naturally, I HAD to go there, so that I could taste the beer one more time, and congratulate Wes.
Congratulations again, Wes! And all of you who worked to make this drinking man happy. I’m sure I’m not the first to say this, but I’m gonna add my voice to the chorus: Sweetwater! Get Wes’s recipe! Make this beer a rotational brew! I want to drink it again!
One last thing: I think the idea of having a regular Beer Geek evening, wherein the hosts tap a keg of something new and exciting every week, is a great idea. Many of my favorite local bars already have events like this, and I’m please to see that Cypress Street has added itself to the roster of places I can go to have such a treat. Cypress Street’s Beer Geek evenings are on Tuesdays, starting at 7 pm.