December 11, 2012 by knoxbeerdinosaur
Glasses clink, are you listening,
In the pub, kegs are glistening.
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight,
Drinking in a Winter WarmerLand.
If you ask me, the Winter Warmer party was a big success. I hope a good time was had by all. Ol’ Saccy had a great time and enjoyed seeing so many of his beer drinking friends in one place. I will try to include all of the beers but might miss some. There are lots of pictures and they are random.
The featured beers were Ratchet’s I’m Warming You Spicy Cocoa Stout and Everything Went Black Black IPA. The IPA was the dry-hopped version and was exclusive to the party. It was hoppy yumminess! There were 3 versions of the Spicy Cocoa Stout. The original was a 5 gallon keg. It definitely lived up to its name and yes, that was where the party theme “winter warmer” came from. It felt so nice on the back of the throat and had a great cocoa flavor. The second version was a growler of Espresso Spicy Cocoa Stout. It was just as amazing as the original. The third was a growler of Vanilla Jalapeno Spicy Cocoa Stout. This was my favorite. Who would have guessed that jalapeno and vanilla could balance out so nicely and create such an amazingly good beer? Apparently if you do it just right it does!
The mind behind the beer. Once again, Ratchet was the rock star of the evening. PLEASE keep making your amazing beer!!
Rick checking out the SawWorks swag.
That looks like Aaron but it can’t be because he doesn’t have a beer in his hand!
Me enjoying some good beer. The first one is SawWorks Pale Ale and I’m not sure but the small one is probably the Spicy Cocoa Stout that Ratchet made.
Jerry and Katie. Thanks to Katie for helping set up, clean up and everything in between. Such a big help!
Here I am hanging out with Saundra and Matt (you have to look close, I am on her beer glass). Some friends that I first met at the Downtown Casual Pint!
The beautiful Gina and Jason kept the whole thing going! I can’t thank them enough for all they did. I hope they had a good time as well. Jason also kept the music interesting, thanks for that. Jason’s story is very cool. He actually volunteers at SawWorks. How awesome is that. He’s a firefighter when not at the brewery.
A big thank you also goes to SawWorks Brewing for allowing us to use their tasting room. It was absolutely perfect! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. With lots of help and a few good friends it was an amazing evening for Ol’ Saccy.
Below is a list of the beers that were available for tasting. I hope I didn’t leave any out.
From Ratchet Brews:
I’m Warming You Spicy Cocoa Stout
Espresso Spicy Cocoa
Vanilla Jalapeno Spicy Cocoa Stout
Everything Went Black Dark IPA
White House Honey Ale
Butternut Squash Ale
Ratchet Brews Oktoberfest
1 year old bottle-conditioned Spicy Cocoa Stout
Wow. What a great collection. A beer lover’s dream come true.
“Beer does not make itself properly by itself. It takes an element of mystery and of things that no one can understand.” — Fritz Maytag, American brewer