With Christmas just around the corner and the cold weather already hitting Atlanta, it’s time to think warm, nostalgic thoughts. Which means our much beloved Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt is coming back. We talk to Josh Johnson, Monday Night’s creative brewer, about it.
Tell us about the history of Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt.
“We started Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt as part of our ‘Clip-On Series,’ which were variants of some of our existing beers. It was the second one (after Serrano Eye Patch IPA). And since we released it in wintertime, we wanted to create something that was somewhat dessert-esque, fun to drink and something you wanted to curl up next to a toasty fire with. So it has a lot of the wintery spices and chocolate and those things that are homey feeling.”
How did Monday Night develop it?
“We messed around originally with doing it in the Mexican hot chocolate style, where you add a little bit of pepper to the mix, but it seemed as though a lot of breweries were doing something similar at the time. So we thought that we could use cocoa nibs and cinnamon sticks to make something a little more unique. It turned out extremely well one of the first times we tested it, so we said, ‘Ok, we’re going with it.'”
How do you put the cinnamon and cocoa flavor into Drafty Kilt?
“We use something called a Grundy tank. it’s a three barrel tank that has a mesh screen. So we can add the ingredients and run the Drafty Kilt constantly through. We let the Drafty Kilt circulate for 24 hours, take it off, and then carbonate it just like any other beer.”
Drafty Kilt seems to be the one beer you use to make a lot of variants. Is there a reason for that?
“It’s a great beer. As long as you play to the strengths of a great base beer, your variants will turn out good. From the beginning, Drafty Kilt has been the one that’s been tried and true for us.”
What do you think people will take away from Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt when they try it?
“For me, one of the best descriptions I’ve heard is that it smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It’s just got that nostalgic feel to it. It’s not overpowering, it’s very well put together and harmonic.”
Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt is available on draft and to-go at West Midtown starting on December 21.