22 Oct 2Toms Celebrates Cereal Killer Day on Halloween Weekend
We’re all kids at heart – so whether we admit or not, we like kiddie cereals. I’m partial to Captain Crunch, but I have to restrict my consumption in order to keep the roof of my mouth from being destroyed. Wouldn’t it be great if we could indulge our sugar cereal desires while doing something adult, like having a beer? Yes, we can! And there’s a brewery in Indiana that celebrates it.
2Toms Brewing in Fort Wayne and Fishers is bringing back Cereal Killer Day on Oct. 28 from 12-10pm at both of their locations (Fort Wayne, and Fishers). What is Cereal Killer Day? It’s the release day for seven (yes, seven) different milkshake IPAs made with sugary sweet cereals from our youth (or this morning). Available on draft and in cans, the great things about this event can be enumerated – 1) they taste good, 2) they offer several different flavors, 3) the can art is spectacular and collectible, 4) there will be live music, 5) there’s brunch in Fort Wayne.
The beer part of the Cereal Killers is interesting as well. These are IPAs, but not the hoppy IPAs that you’re thinking of. These are milkshake IPAs, which traditionally are fruited and sweet…..like milkshakes. The sweetness comes from lactose (milk sugar), which is not fermentable by yeast, so it stays in the finished beer and helps to sweeten it and give it a slicker, heavier feel on the tongue. The classic example of the lactose beer is the milk stout, and these beers do have that same sort of mouthfeel.
As I said, most milkshake IPAs have some sort of fruit or fruit flavor, but certainly not all of them. Some, like the cereal killer beers, go more the way of dessert type food stuffs added, like what pastry stouts are known for. The cereal killers are kind of hybrids of the milkshake IPA and the pastry stout – flavored like pastry stouts, but lighter in body and roast like IPAs. You could easily call them pastry IPAs (yes, there are a few of these).
The colors of the beers reflect the flavors of the cereal added, from blueberry blue to chocolate brown to reds and oranges (berries). Not into high ABV beers? – some of the cereal killers go off at 4-5% ABV. Not into session-y beers? – some of the cereal killers are 8-11% ABV. There’s a color, flavor, and alcohol content for everyone.
What’s more, the day is just plain fun at both locations. Brew Two Sixty will have a special release day brunch in Fort Wayne, and both locations will have live music. Fort Wayne will feature Los Galaxy while Fishers will have Fab Too from 7-9pm. Finally, you can take the cereal killers home with you (that sounds weird). Each location will have mixed six packs available, and you can buy single cans as well. Make sure to spend some time at 2Toms on the 28th and relive some of your childhood mornings, mixed with your adult Saturday afternoons.