Saturday, November 5th, 2016 was my first Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake release event experience. I meet up with two buddies at 7:30 that morning to make the trek down to Mount Pleasant, SC where the brewery and the release was taking place. I felt like a college kid going on my first spring break trip! As expected, the majority of the conversation on the way down was centered around craft beer and our expectations for today's event. It was all of our first time attending the release.
We arrived at the brewery around 10:30 and started meeting up with other fellow craft beer enthusiasts from the Charlotte, NC region.
The event didn't technically start until 11:00, so we congregated to where we thought the line would begin for pours and bottle pick-up. Promptly at 11:00, individuals where allowed to pick up their bottle allotments. Unfortunately, drafts were not ready at the same time. Approximately around 11:30, an announcement was made by one of the owners that this event was officially started! To start we got in line at the outside pouring table to get round one: 2015 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mexican Coconut Cake and 2016 Tequila Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake. Underwhelmed that the Coconut had really fallen off within a year and the Tequila was ever so present! Round two included: 2014 Mexican Cake and more Tequila Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake.
After getting round two, the tap room was opening up, time to get in another line! Once inside, we decided to divide and conquer and each get something different off the menu. Here is what made it's way to the table: Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake, 2015 Cognac Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake, Mr. Chipper and Copy Paste. Also, somehow while waiting in line it was decided to purchase a 2015 Pappy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake and 2015 Chocolate Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake! New problem at our table.....all of the glasses look the same! Which is which? Post-it notes are a must next year!
As the day grew long, our conversation was centered around when we thought the Maple Bourbon Mexican Cake would be put on draft. The real showcase of this year's batch and we couldn't wait to try it, hopefully. We all know what idle hands do........they buy a bottle of 2013 Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake followed by a 2013 Red Wine Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake! These were the highlights of the day, especially since Maple Bourbon never showed its face!
Overall, this was an experience that I will look forward to each year. Not so much attempting to get a ticket for bottles, but coming down for all the cake is well worth it. I did get to have my cake and drink it too!