Relaxing for Father's Day (OR Any Day!) with a Beer Tasting

 All of the fathers in my life are such hard workers.  My hubby is the epitome of the "Work hard, Play Hard" mentality.  He really does so much for us!  He is constantly on the move and hustling to make our lives the best they can be.  During the school year he works two jobs and now he's in the process of starting up his own company on the side.  And when he plays he goes all in~~ BASE jumping, sky-diving, motor-bike riding, hiking. . . . .   And soon, he might be playing soccer for fun, too!  (I'm so excited to watch him!)  To say that he deserves a relaxing Father's Day (or ANY day)  would be an understatement.

What better way to let my hubby and some other fathers relax than to host a beer tasting for them?

We have had so much fun in the past at our beer tastings.  We usually do one in February each year for our "Disney" party.  We were selected to host a Disney party two years ago with one of the companies that we work with and we've continued the tradition because we had so much fun the first year!

One of the main events for the adults at our Disney party was an "around the world" beer tasting event.  We tried to find beers from each of the countries represented at Epcot.  There was only one country that we weren't able to find.

We have a beer and wine store close to us that has many different beers from different countries.  When we had our party, I bought little colorful, plastic buckets from the dollar store.  Each one was the perfect size to fit a 6-pack of beer.  We kept all of our beers in the fridge until it was time for our tasting.  Then, we filled the bottom of our buckets with ice and placed 6 of each beer in the little tubs.  We had each country's flag on the bucket so that we knew which country the beer was from.

For our tastings, we had about ten different beers and there were probably about 14 - 16 adults who were tasting.  For ease, we just bought small plastic cups and passed around "shots" of each type of beer.  Each adult only gets about 1 ounce of each beer to try. It only takes about 2 - 3 bottles of beer for 14 - 16 adults to have a taste.  The photo below shows the cups that we used.  (The beer is for our tasting this weekend!)

Then, people can have the unopened bottles that are left over from the tasting.  The picture below was from this year's beer tasting.  You can tell people were having fun, right?


Here's the funny part~~we tried to rate the beers to see which one we liked best.  That was quite the task since everyone has different tastes.

I find that my taste in beer is constantly changing, so beer tastings are actually a good way to find new beers that I like.   For the past couple years, we've really enjoyed IPAs (India Pale Ale).  I love the hoppiness.  We have not been a fan of wheat beers recently, but I used to love them when I was in college!  Who knows?!?  I might end up liking wheat beers again before the year is over.  Beer tastings are a good way to figure that out.

Here are some ideas for how to host a beer tasting:

  • Have an "Around the World" tasting as we did above.  Buy a 6 pack from different countries.  You could designate a country to each guest who will be attending, if you can't afford to shoulder the cost of 10 International 6-packs.  
  • Have a tasting for one style of beer.  For example, buy a 6-pack of IPA from several different brewers.  Or Lagers. Or Ales.  
  • Have growlers filled with a couple different types of beer.  A lot of grocery stores have beer taps now and allow you to fill growlers.  Growlers can be washed and re-used, so it's better for the environment.  You can get personalized growlers from places like gifts.com 
  • Do you have buddies that brew their own beer?  My hubby has brewed some of his own.  So far, we've only used pre-made beer making kits.  But, if you have several friends who brew their own beer, have each person bring a different type of beer that they've made.  Of course, this one takes time.  I think most of the beers we've brewed have taken a month or so until they're completed.  It takes a little forethought, unless they have some bottled and put away.
  • Buy several variety packs from different companies.  This time, I found variety packs from Samuel Adams, Leinenkugel's, Dundee, and New Belgium.
 Here's a cool way to display the beers if you buy variety packs of beer.  Take the bottles of beer out of the boxes.  Place containers upside down inside the box so that the beers have something to be propped up on.  Then place a plastic bag inside the box.  Fill the plastic bag with ice and place one bottle of each type of beer inside the box for display.  That way, they can read the box also for any beer information that's on the box.  (Just for fun, all the photos below are "cartoon" photos.  They reminded me of comic books. . . . another "dad" favorite!)



Make sure you have bar snacks, too!  Salty bar snacks like pretzels, peanuts and snack mix are always good.


As for our Father's Day beer tasting. . . . . . . . we'll be doing it while we're camping this weekend.  My hubby and I have already chosen the beers that we're going to take with us.  The one that I'm most excited to try is a Tangerine IPA.  I. Can. Not. Wait. To try it!

Have you ever hosted a Beer Tasting?  Or how about a Wine Tasting?  How did you do it and how did it go?

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