Hosting beer club at the Buffalo Wing Factory – Photo taken by Mitch Witte
Last Friday, February 22nd, was my big debut as a craft beer professional. Well, almost professional. Getting paid in beer is close enough. My buddy got me a gig hosting a craft beer tasting at a local restaurant, the Buffalo Wing Factory. I represented five beers all from different breweries.
The Rhino Chasers Bohemian Pilsner by Lost Rhino in Ashburn, Virginia was our first beer. I explained a bit about the history of the Pilsner and cold-fermented lagers. This was paired with an avocado salad with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, sweet onions and lime juice. Continue reading →
Saturday my wife and I hosted our first event in our new home we called Hoppy Birthday and Happy Home. It was a great success that I could have never pulled off alone. My wife spent the two previous days prepping and cooking while I kept worrying if we had enough beer (which we did).
Craft beer was not at a shortage
New Belgium Trippel
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Bell’s Winter White Ale
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Anchor Steam Beer
Port City Monumental IPA
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
Troegs Java Head Stout
Bold Rock Virginia Apple Cider
Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
Port City Optimal Wit
No one left hungry
Beer Bread made with Leffe Blond
Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Dip made with Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
Buffalo Chicken Bites made with Stone IPA
Praline Bacon with stout coating made with Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Cheddar and Cottage Mac & Cheese
Hosting always makes me anxious but this went off without a hitch. I’m excited to host more and have some good ideas for next time.
We’re throwing a brithday/house-warming party soon and I’m trying to decide on what beers to get without breaking the bank. We’re going to have four styles: ales, lagers, IPAs and mystery. Here’s what I’m thinking: