11.17.2013

To Do: Host A Craft Beer Tasting Party

As you may or may not know, I live in the great area that is Northern Indiana. This means that other than taking pictures of Amish on Friday nights, there isn't much else to do. Because of this, we have to get creative from time to time on what we can fill our time with. Naturally, we turn to alcohol. It's okay, so do the Amish. 

The other weekend some friends of ours decided to host our first annual (I just made the decision this is now an annual event. I hope you are okay with this friends) Craft Beer Tasting Party. It's pretty much a national holiday now that I capitalized every letter of the event. Anyhow, these were the rules: each couple (or single) brings their own six pack of a craft beer they would like to try and/or share. And because we don't like to complicate things, that was the only rule. Show up with beer and you're in like Flynn. You then throw all of your craft beers into buckets of ice, write down on a board what you brought, have a notepad with some pens so that you can all write down what you loved, and eat insane amounts of food. So I guess that there were a few more rules but those things are technically considered fun so we'll leave it with the stance that there is only one "rule" to this whole party. 

Just a note to all of you people who are currently asking "what is craft beer?!". Well friends, it is beer that has glue, tape, and velcro all over it. Sometimes they have antlers, eyeballs, or arms sticking on them. If it is really crafty it has sequins and sparkles. 

Ignore everything I just said. Craft beer is basically anything that is not Miller Lite, Coors, Budweiser, etc. Think of it as "locally grown" or something like that. It's all things Ales, IPAs, Stouts, Ciders, etc. They also can be sneaky little suckers who pack a pretty strong punch. Which is where the food comes into play...

Here are some pictures of our grand event. 





 I made my favorite 7 layer Greek dip--beyond delicious. Recipe found here



It was such a fun evening in with friends and something I hope to do time and time again. You could totally trade this out with wines, whiskeys, diet sodas, etc. Any excuse to get together with friends and eat more chips than should be legal to eat in a years time is a-okay with me. 

In closing, my favorite was Magic Hat Not Quite Pale Ale. Buy it, drink it, love it. 

Cheers friends.

ps. not to encourage you to pin pictures from this post to your personal pinterest account so that you don't forget to host one of these parties with your friends, but I totally encourage you to post pictures from this post to your pinterest account so that you don't forget to host one of these parties with your friends. 
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22 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun! I've been obsessed with pumpkin ales all fall and have been trying to taste them all, haha! Also, that Greek dip sounds amazing!

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  2. This is such a great idea! Any excuse to hang with friends with drinks and food pleases me!

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  3. This looks like so much fun!! I love all the holiday beers!

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  4. Love your definition of craft beers. This sounds like such a great event! Drinks and friends. Love it.

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  5. What a FANTASTIC idea. Adding to my list.

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  6. Love this idea - any reason to get together with friends to drink and eat is a great idea to me! I spotted Angry Orchard Cider, my favorite! xo Moe

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  7. Fun! We always have craft beers on hand in our house. And I loved your definition of them (I almost thought you made it part of your party to decorate your "craft" beer..ha!) and then I forgot there were guys involved. :)

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  8. This is an AWESOME idea!! My husband is always tasting new craft beers. Now I have another excuse to throw a "party" haha. What fun.

    Life is Peaches

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  9. Oh my gosh!!! How fun does this look? And I just want to squeeze hubby. He is so darn cute. (HI S!!!)

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  10. Magic Hat yay! Vermont beer, my favorite of theirs is Elder Betty, it's pinkish. I think it's a summer beer.
    Great Idea, not much to do in Vermont either :)

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  11. Such a fun idea!! I saw something... somewhere the other day... that had a similar idea! I love it though & definitely makes for a fun evening!!

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  12. I LOVE this idea!!! Craft beers are amazing and so fun to try. What better idea than to get a group of friends together and have some fun. And food!

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  13. We did this last spring, but chose a single brewery as a theme! We went with Dogfish Head since we're in Delaware and all their stuff is readily available (plus it's our favorite). It was such a great time!
    http://www.solanoskitchen.com/beer-tasting-party/

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  14. I've been reading your blog for awhile now and had no idea you were from northern Indiana! Funny; I grew up in South Bend! I love those "small world" moments.

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  15. That is such a great idea!! Perfect for trying new beers without wasting it if you don't like it!

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  16. I will throw any party if its a reason to sample some yummy craft beer. Looks like a fun time!

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  17. I love this idea! And if there is one thing I have learned since moving to Indy, there is lots of craft beer here! Bobby's favorite is Sun King!

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  18. This is a phenomenal idea! It goes right along with the Craft Beer Advent calendar that I want to make the hubby!

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  19. YUM! beer & friends…? Doesn't get much better than that!
    xx
    Here&Now

    Enter my Gigi New York tote giveaway!

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  20. I'm throwing a St. Paddy's Day Beer tasting and wanted to know if each person just grabs a bottle they like or do they pour a little to try? Then what happens to the rest of the bottle if they don't like the beer...logistics help! lol

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