They baked a cake. Yes, they really did.
Back at the bar, I noticed that the Crunkleton had some cask-aged cocktails of the kind pioneered by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, founder of Repeal Day. So I tried a rye manhattan aged for five months in an oak barrel. It tasted bitter, and woody, and sharp, like drinking from an oak gall. It was excellent. I am now reconsidering my stance on single malts that taste like there's a hunk of peat left in the bottom of the bottle.
Stopped in to see friends on the way home. Great evening. Geeks, Linux, CAKE, a convenient used bookstore next door, and friends. Hoo rah.