On Sunday, January 19 at 7 p.m., Dave's Pub (1128 20th Street South, Birmingham) will be the site of Birmingham's first Wake-n-Bake Off, a baking competition centered around Terrapin Beer Company's Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.
Wake-n-Bake (W-n-B), the winter installment of Terrapin's Monster Beer Tour, is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with a special blend of Jittery Joe's Coffee. Its robust flavor and warming 8.6% ABV come together to make for the perfect beer to enjoy on a cold winter's evening or morning. Even though the turtle on the label clearly shows it, many people do not realize that this beer is also a great ingredient to bake with. True story. Terrapin has been hosting Wake-n-Bake Off competitions in their hometown of Athens, Georgia for many years now, and it has been a highly anticipated event each year with their local fans. Well, it turns out the party is no longer limited to Athens, and Birmingham now gets to join in on the fun.
The inaugural, Birmingham Wake-n-Bake Off will be a professional baking competition featuring some of the best chefs the city has to offer. They can make any dish they want just as long as it contains W-n-B as an ingredient and it is baked in an oven. The dishes will then be critiqued at Dave's Pub by a panel of four judges, and attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for crowd favorites. It will be a decadent evening of food and beer that is sure to challenge the palates of foodies and craft beer lovers alike.
If you would like to attend this event, the cost of admission is only $10. That small entrance fee allows you to sample all of the entries, pays for one Terrapin beer for you to enjoy, and also gets you a pint glass to take home. That's a pretty sweet deal if you ask me (horrible pun intended).
As an added bonus, this event will also feature Cinnamon Roll'd W-n-B and act as a release party for this hard-to-find brew in the Birmingham area. Coming in as one of the first beers in Terrapin's Reserve Series, Cinnamon Roll'd W-n-B has been one of the most talked about and hyped beers in the Southeast for the last few months. Although the name alone paints quite a tasty picture, here's the full brewery description for a little more detail:
Like your favorite breakfast treat and a great cup of coffee, Cinnamon Rolled Wake-n-Bake hits on all cylinders. Starting with a delicious coffee aroma, a touch of Cinnamon gives way to a sugary sweet icing flavor as a buttery nuttiness fills out the last drop of this breakfast in a glass.
Let's do the math. This event puts Wake-n-Bake in your glass and in your food, and also gives you access to the elusive Cinnamon Roll'd W-n-B for one incredibly low price? That's a lot of win right there, and it sounds like you should head over to Dave's on Sunday if you are free. Prost!