First of all... wow. Wow, WOw, WOW. I can't believe I have been baking craft beer cupcakes for (over) five years now. It sure as heck doesn't feel like it. First of all, a big thank you to Toronado for hosting the PubCakes anniversary celebration, I really really appreciate it. - In fact, we are talking about doing a monthly pairing event there, so be sure to keep your eyes out for that.
Secondly, thank you so much to Karl Strauss Brewing Co. and especially their brewmaster, Paul for brewing up such an amazing-dream-dessert-beer just for me. - I'm saying me, because he brewed the beer specifically around the flavors I'd requested. He managed to take chocolate, caramel, and pecans and combine them with an already delicious beer, their Wreck Alley, and create something truly delectable. On that note, everyone (including Paul) loved the pairing so much, that he is going to brew it again for a special pairing night at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room and I'll be making those super intense cupcakes one last time.
In fact, that's kind of related to a bit of big announcement... in case you missed it on Facebook, this month, June 2014, will be my last month selling at local farmer's markets. I have really enjoyed selling at the markets, but they have slowed down to the point where it isn't enough to support my little tiny business... and give me the income I need to build up my new product line. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... if you love a local business, or farmer's market vendor, please support them. There are some wonderful people and products at our local markets that need your support. Plus, their food is just soooooo much better.
BTW... This does not mean I will not be selling cupcakes... it just means that PubCakes will be a bit more mobile, so you'll have to watch out for me like you would a food truck. And eventually I will have a pick up spot for pre-orders and what-not. Details to come soon.
Back to the serious stuff. Did you happen see that I made craft beer krispie treats for my 5th Anniversary Party as well? SERIOUSLY. I don't think anyone has EVER paired craft beer with krispie treats. It was AMAZING. This wasn't just any old krispie treat, have you met me? I combined the treats with pecan butter (image peanut butter, minus the peanuts), craft beer caramel (made with Wreck Alley of course), marshmallows (did I mention they were gelatin-free??), and dark chocolate.
So that's really most of the awesomeness that has ensued within the past few weeks and the five year anniversary party. We drank, we laughed... and I almost forgot! If you have not met Lesley yet, you must! She was that lovely lady slinging the cupcakes at Toronado for me. She refused to let me do anything, because I was there to celebrate, and celebrate I did. If you see her around, thank her for me... I can't seem to do it enough.
I have the best fans. I love you all so much. See you this week at the North Park or the La Mesa Farmer's Market. Oh, and if you haven't gotten a Father's Day gift yet, I will be at Iowa Meat Farms from 11:00-2:00PM demo'ing my craft beer cake mixes (that means SAMPLES) and from 3:00-6:00PM I will be at Acoustic Ales selling some last minute Father's Day cupcakes and cake mixes. See you then!!!!