A couple weeks ago, our friends had a housewarming with an interesting theme. This wasn't the first time they'd hosted this type of party, but it was the first time N & I fully participated.The idea is that everyone brings a six pack (or however much they plan on drinking) of craft beer. All contributions are added to the cooler, with the hope that everyone brings different craft beers so you can try a variety.
I love this idea! It's not often that you get to sample such a variety of craft beers in a single evening. I mean, some of my favourite bars operate on this premise (National, Craft, & Beer Revolution, to name a few), but sometimes it's hard to justify dropping $6-$8 on an unknown beer. This way, you can try at least six different beers for under $20.
I took photos of all the different beers I tasted, but unfortunately I didn't take any tasting notes, so you'll have to take my word for it when I say they were all quite good.
My first beer was my own contribution to the party. Perhaps a little silly to go straight for the beer I had brought, but I love Anchor Brewing & was really excited to try this Liberty Ale. I really enjoyed it. It's definitely not a bargain at the liquor store, but it's also not unreasonably priced. I'll buy it again soon.
Our friends apartment has this great mirror wall. It's pretty distracting, but a fun addition to the space.
N's contribution was Anchor Steam. This is one of my favourite beers. I order it almost every time I see it on a menu. It's got an interesting flavour, but is easy to drink - delicious & slightly dangerous.
I'm really never sure about IPAs. I find them really hit or miss. Sometimes, they're great & other times, they're just too bitter for me. I liked this one though & I think the label is pretty awesome.
I really like Village beers, so of course this had to end up in my hands at some point in the evening. If you're even remotely into darker beers, the Blacksmith is great. It's definitely a go-to beer for me & their growlers are fun to split with a friend.
My beer choices quickly turned pretty safe as the night continued & I moved to beers I was more familiar with. I think this is kind of inevitable, but it was fun to at least start the night out with some new finds.
All in all, it was a pretty successful evening. We started early in the evening so we all went through quite a lot of beer. Next time I'd probably try to keep it to a six pack per person, so things don't get too rowdy.
Not that there's anything wrong with rowdy - everyone needs a noisy party at least once in a while, right? & you have to break in a new condo at some point. Mission Accomplished.
I'm definitely looking forward to trying this idea again with another group of friends. It's been a hit both times we've done it. If you like craft beer, I highly recommend this idea for your next party.