Beer Tasting BBQ

This past Saturday night, my wife and I had some people over for a Beer Tasting BBQ. We invited friends that we thought normally don’t drink beer and might appreciate trying some new styles, seeing exactly what the craft beer world has to offer. Oh, and we had some awesome empanadas,  grilled churrasco and chorizos and a great salad as well.

So I thought maybe some other people might like to hear a little more about it and perhaps take a shot at hosting their own party. It was a fun evening.

In preparation, I made a Beer Tasting Menu that included a few little hints and pieces of information about each beer we were going to try (I don’t need to tell you guys that you need to buy the food and beer and chill it beforehand, do I?). Of course I picked quality craft beers and focused a few on local beers, and I’d suggest you do that as well.

Start with the lightest of the beers and try not to pick anything too extreme that will turn off your guests. Remember, some of them drink Coors and say they hate beer (for real. I know it’s hard to believe.)  Be sure to know a little about the beers and breweries you are offering in addition to some fun facts.

What we did was to start with the first two beers on the menu while snacking over some cheese and crackers and grapes and the empanadas (which my pal Ofelia brought. She also took the pictures–don’t forget your camera). It was then time to go grilling. Ofelia’s husband actually took control over the grilling of these huge pieces of meat, and for that, I am very grateful. The meat and sausages were so juicy and flavorful! Be sure you don’t just buy one beer of each style per person. While I wasn’t trying to get anyone drunk with the tasting, you will need to have more of the first two styles to offer with dinner. As you move on, you will need less per beer menu item. The type of beer and alcohol content also have to be considered.

After dinner, I got everyone together around the dining table. It was easy since we were going to play a little game with the next offering. You remember when I was sent the Affligem Pouring Tray and subsequently made a video of their pouring ritual? Well, Affligem was the next beer we tried and a bunch of people tried the ritual. You don’t need the tray, just a glass and shot glass will do. Oh, and you don’t even need Affligem Blond–any beer with yeast at the bottom is just fine. That was a pretty entertaining event.

We chatted about canning, local Florida beers, bombers, alcohol content, glassware, not frosting your glasses, Coors disguised as Blue Moon, craft definitions, and a bunch of other stuff. It was a casual and fun experience that I will definitely repeat.

Here is my beer menu: Florida Beer Florida Lager. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale. Affligem Blond. Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale. Southern Tier Creme Brulee Imperial Stout. And I sent every couple home with a parting gift, a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet with the one catch that they each need to report back how they liked it.

You probably can’t buy some of these options, but that shouldn’t stop you from making your own menu and tasting! Have fun and let me know how it goes! Oh, and one other thing–it’s OK to have the kids over. Just be sure to involve them in your night. We let them do a Craft Root Beer and Orange Cream Soda tasting before they ran off to destroy the house.