I was recently asked by a friend to bring some ‘good beers’ to a gathering she is having at her place. She wants to have a craft beer tasting at home! How nice.
Now, I’m pretty comfortable with the types of beer my friend likes as she’s been a drinking buddy for some time now. Some of her recent ‘good beer’ favorites have been Delerium Noel, Sam Adams Octoberfest, and Brewery Ommegang Witte. She also brought over MGD 64 Lemonade once. That’s like one step forward and 26 steps back, but whatever.
Still, she’s hesitant to try anything ‘dark’, and its hard to get the old Guinness misconception out of her head that dark beers are somehow stronger, thicker, or mud-like in body. Patience, I suppose. She’s certainly on the right track I think, but there is much work to do!
So, I know a little about her about her beer preferences, but I have no clue about what the other people who will be there like or dislike about beer. Perhaps a beer connoisseur will be in attendance to belittle my beer selections? Maybe they are all teetotalers? Or perhaps something in between, which is what I am hoping for. You know, the type of beer drinker you were before you discovered the good stuff!
So, while thinking about how I’ll manage this informal craft beer tasting at home, I was reminded of our best beers for beginners post. Not so much for what I wrote on the subject, but rather all of the insightful comments people left. Lots of good advice there that you might want to check out!
I also came across this interesting video from the Brewers Association that goes into some more detail about craft beer tasting at home.
The video addresses some issues that I had been concerned with, but typical of me, wasn’t able to put into words!
I’m thinking I’ll go with different styles of beers, nothing too extreme, but beers that reflect some of the variety in craft beer world. I’m also thinking of sampling from mostly the same craft beer brewer to help eliminate any brand confusion. Here’s where I’m going so far. What do you think?
So far, I’m thinking a stout, probably the Stout from Sierra Nevada, an American wheat beer like the Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, an American Pale Ale again, I think the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a good bet, and ‘regular lager’. So far, this is giving me the most difficulty choosing, but I’m leaning toward something easy-to-find and uncomplicated, like maybe something like Sam Adams Boston Lager to get started?
I know its not a huge deal, but I think these four beer selections offer some good variety to try and talk about, while not being too extreme or hard to find. I’m considering adding more beer styles to the mix, but I don’t want to overdo it either.
What do you think? Ever do a craft beer tasting at home for an unknown audience? What did you pick? How did it go? How many different beers did you sample? Any other tips? 🙂