Scott and I had our much anticipated Fall beer tasting beer on Saturday and it was our best yet!!!
Yes, we did some major damage (in the form of 16 different high gravity craft beers!)
Each person was responsible for bringing at least 2 beers from one of the following categories – 1. Fruit, 2. Belgian/Blonde, 3. Fall/Harvest/Pumpkin. Our heaviest category was the third, which I think was fine by everyone!
This is how I assigned the beers to our go-with-the-beer-flow guests…
Blondies…You bring a Belgian or Blonde Ale (except if your name rhymes with “khaki”)!
“J”-Lettered 1st Namers…You bring some Fall deliciousness!
The Rest of Ya…Bring something fruity!
Confused? Just pick one!
Hey – I never claimed it was EASY to be my friend! Ha!
In the interest of keeping this post from being a 60-minute read, I will continue my story in fragments.
PEOPLE: Great friends and my parents = 12 fabulous (and thirsty!) folks
FOOD: A yummy dip from Cathy and Jeff, scrumptious white chili with cornbread a la Mom and Dad, homemade pumpkin beer bread by Julie and Paul, shrimp risotto (made with some beer, too, but of course!) whipped up by my fabulous husband, cheese and crackers, hot mulled cider, and Fall M&Ms
DECORATIONS: Some cheesy fake Fall leaves for the tables, coasters, a leaf placemat, Fall flowers in pilsner glasses as vases, heavy brown postal wrapping paper for tablecloths, a couple of pumpkins, and (my favs – homemade decorations by moi) a beer guide, bottle cap frame, and garland made of beer coasters
CRAFT PROJECT: Pretzel necklaces – duh!!!
CLASS WORK: Everyone was asked to rate each beer by appearance, aroma, mouthfeel (keep it clean, people!), flavor, and overall impression.
We Sober Cathy totaled all of our scores and we ranked our top 3. Fun!
CONTEST: “The Most Dedicated Beer Taster” was crowned at the end of the night. The prize? A growler and gift certificate to Laura Alberts Tasteful Options on Daniel Island. Congrats, Jeff! Special runner-up recognition goes to Dan Martelle for coming all the way from Charlotte for our party!!!
SO MAD I didn’t get better pics of our pretzel necklaces!
Whoops – don’t be offended by the serious comments above!
1. Leffe Blonde
2. Scott’s Summer Saison – woot, woot!
3. I must’ve blacked out…I can’t remember. Haha! I think it was either Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red
Other noteworthy beers?
- Scott’s Belgian IPA!
- Southern Tier Pumking…in a bad way. 90% of us agreed that it smells and tastes like a Buttered Popcorn flavored Jelly Belly jelly bean. Yes – very weird and a big letdown!
- And because I loved its name – He’Brew Rejewvenator
SPECIAL THANKS to my parents and Julie & Paul for the yummy homemade goodies and Dan for all of your help with getting ready for the party!
I’m already brainstorming for our Spring beer tasting. No seriously! Until then…anyone up for a Hallowine Party?! Just a thought! ;)
p.s. Remember our first beer tasting? For some reason I didn’t document the 2nd. Hm – that was dumb.
p.s.s. Scott and I (and Sarah and Jackie) purchased our beers from the great selection at House of Brews in Mount Pleasant. A post on this awesome place to come!
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