A beer tasting with one hundred bottles might be a tad extreme, yes. But a handful? If each person brought a six pack to share? Now that's the makings of a good time. All in the name of beer-education, of course. What favorite beer would you like everyone to try?
A beer party is fantastic for introducing beer aficionados to new brews and bringing new beer lovers into the fold. It's also a fairly inexpensive and low-key way to sample a whole heck of a lot of beers! Tell people to bring their favorite beer or one they've been itching to try, and the variety of beers that show up in the fridge is just astounding.
Start off the evening by opening one bottle of each beer and handing out little tasting samples to each guest. I'd recommend starting with the lightest and moving to the heaviest, but hey, it's a party! No need to stand on ceremony here.
Once the beers have all been sampled, discussed, and appreciated, let guests snag a bottle of their favorite and turn on the music. I also like to open a second bottle of each beer in case people want another tasting or don't want to commit to a whole bottle.
I love watching people discover a beer they love almost as much as I love finding them myself. Beer is definitely a beverage to be appreciated in good company.
Have a new favorite you think we should try?
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