Throwing Your Own Homebrew Party

Crafting homebrewed beers has exploded in popularity in the past decade, and as a result, many people are producing their own beer straight from their homes.  If you’ve brewed a few beers in your home and want to have some friends, colleagues, and family members over for some tasting and enjoying of your new beverages, you can throw a homebrew tasting party.  It’s a great alternative to a night out at the local bar, and besides, it’s also the perfect chance for you to get some honest feedback on the actual quality of your homebrew.

To throw an effective party, you’ll need to be well-equipped.  First off, make sure you’ve brewed enough beer for everyone you’ve invited.  You’ll need a lot less for 6 people than you would need for two dozen, for instance.  You don’t necessarily have to make tons of beer, as you can offer smaller, sample-size amounts of each type of beer you’ve brewed to give everyone a chance to taste everything.  If you don’t have enough of your homebrews for everyone to drink, though, you should stock some other beers in the fridge or elsewhere for a better party environment. Since you’re working with homebrews, perhaps you should pick other local beers, or beers of similar textures or flavors to the ones you’ve brewed at home, so that friends can taste test your beer against the stuff available in
stores.

You can’t just stock your house with beer though. Not everyone’s a drinker, and even if they are, food is a must. If you’re going for a classier gathering, try serving fancy appetizers, such as caviar properly served in its small bowl, or small cubes of cheese that didn’t come out of a plastic bag you can reseal.  If
you’re going for something more casual, perhaps a veggie platter and some barbecue chips would do.

And don’t forget to decorate!  Break out the barstools if you have any to help create that home bar atmosphere, and if you own any personalized glasses or pint glasses you picked up from some brewery tours, now’s the time to give them some use.  Beer parties don’t require too much in terms of decoration, but low lighting and some pleasant, upbeat music should do the trick.  Just make sure to avoid anything that will make you look like a hack, such as having a glowing sign from a major beer manufacturer.  You are trying to produce local beer, after all, so encouraging mass-produced consumption at such a time probably isn’t going to jive well with your homebrew’s image in the end.