Fall is traditionally a time for pumpkin spice lattes and sweater weather, but it is also perfect for cinnamon rolls and Storey’s Stout at Innovation Brew Works.
The brewery is mostly known for its pizzas and sandwiches, but starting Aug. 28, it is adding a new breakfast favorite to the menu in the form of gooey cinnamon rolls.
Keeping with the seasonal theme, come Sept. 21, the brewery will host Bronctoberfest, in honor of the iconic beer festival, Oktoberfest, which occurs every year in Munich, Germany, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7.
It’s also celebrated around the world.
Six dollars can buy 10 mini cinnamon rolls that are baked from the brewery’s staple pizza dough, rolled generously with white sugar and cinnamon, and topped with an equally generous amount of cream cheese frosting.
These creamy rolls paired with a beer might sound like an odd combination, but they prove to be a delightful treat.
Storey’s Stout, the recommended beer to be paired with the rolls, is a “more bitter, malt forward, medium to full body stout with a chocolate roast aftertaste which compliments the cinnamon rolls nicely,” said Eric Bassett, who is the head brewer and production manager at the brewery.
This particular stout is named after the founder of Innovation Brew Works, Paul Storey, and is one of the brewery’s original core beers.
Bassett said the trick to pairing the right beer with the right dish is to follow the three C’s rule: compare, contrast and complement.
“If you’re using a stout, which is sweeter, you would compare it with a dish that has a roast flavor. To contrast the stout, you would pair it with a dish that is sour or salty, and to complement the stout, you would pair it with something sweeter, like cinnamon rolls,” Bassett explained.
Melody Young, manager of Innovation Brew Works, talked about what is new at Bronctoberfest this year.
“This is the second year we are having Bronctoberfest. This year we will have stein hosting and stein racing competitions along with German décor, German beer, and German music throughout the week,” she said.
Stein hoisting is a game where competitors hold up a one-liter glass filled with beer as long as they possibly can without bending their arms or spilling beer. Stein racing is another beer game where competitors have to hold a liter of beer in each hand while racing their competitors to determine who can walk the fastest while spilling the least amount of beer.
Bratwursts will be grilled on the patio throughout the first day of Bronctoberfest. Big pretzels and Märzen style beer, which are traditional at Oktoberfest, will also be available during the entire week of the celebration.
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