How to host a beerfest at home

It’s craft beer month here in BC.  Which is  a lot of fun, as craft beer is really exploding in Vancouver and BC right now.  Not that we haven’t been enjoying craft beer for quite some time, but mostly because there has been a boom in new, small, craft breweries emerging in Vancouver, as the local government has been attempting to cut some of the red tape associated with our antiquated liquor laws (they have a lot of red tape to cut still, I mean a LOT!!)

As a cheers to craft beer month we hosted a craft beer taster at our home (but mostly by pure chance, as we’ve been meaning to get this together for a few months, what a happy accident!).  This past Saturday we hosted “Bomb’s Away” a bomber beer tasting.  A bomber, for those not familiar with the term, are those double tall beer bottles you will see that are often filled with seasonal craft brews.

The Meanies

(we actually forgot to take pictures the night of the event, D’oh, so Mister Meanie & I staged the party on Sunday night for a photo shoot)

Here is how we arranged a full out mini beerfest in our own home.

We came up with a reasonable guest list of 14 beer lovers and asked each to bring a minimum of 2 bombers of the same type of beer.  Guests were allowed to bring as many bombers as they would like but doubles were encouraged, so everyone could sample each brew.  We had 14 guests and most people out did themselves and brought multiples so we had a lot of craft beer to sample!

Bombs Away!

Luckily, our good buddy, Adam, helped guide as through our tasting!   He just happens to be a brewer at Coal Harbour Brewing Co., so in addition to his bombers he brought some six packs of Coal Harbours IPA and Lager!!  Thanks Adam!!  He also brought a special beer that he acquired in the states, Vlad the Imp Aler, Sour Ale.  I’m usually on the fence with sours, but this was really tasty!!

Skagit River Brewery - Gospel, India Pale Ale,  Cascade Brewing - Vlad the Imp Aler a Sour/Wild Ale beer, Phillips Brewing Co. - Puzzler Belgian Black IPA

Skagit River Brewery – Gospel, India Pale Ale, Cascade Brewing – Vlad the Imp Aler a Sour/Wild Ale beer, Phillips Brewing Co. – Puzzler Belgian Black IPA

But, back to how to host a beerfest!

How we arranged our beerfest was we had each guest bring their bombers as well as a food item to go with either the oil or cheese fondue we already had.  We made an event on facebook, invited all of our craft beer loving friends and asked them to call out a type of beer they would like to feature.  If they had one particular one in mind, they could call out the exact beer so others could bring a beer of the same family, (Porters, Stouts, IPA, Imperials, Pumpkin, Sours etc)  With 14 guests, we were going to sample 14 different beers, plus any additional brews anyone wanted to share as well.

Meet our bombers!

Rogue Farms - Roguenbier Rye Ale (GYO), Alameda - Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale, Ninkasi Brewing Co. - Tricerahops Double IPA

Rogue Farms – Roguenbier Rye Ale (GYO), Alameda – Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale, Ninkasi Brewing Co. – Tricerahops Double IPA

Rogue’s Roguenbier Rye Ale was a GYO, or Grow Your Own rye ale, which is a lot of fun.  Alameda’s Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale was decent, but didn’t leave a huge impression on me, but was definitely a good brown ale and was not at all disappointing.  The Ninkasi Tricerahaops, wins for best name, I think, though Vlad the Imp Aler is a strong second!!

Renaissance - Chocolate Porter, Parallel 49 - Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Longwood Brewery - Stoutnik, Russian Imperial Stout

Renaissance – Chocolate Porter, Parallel 49 – Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, Longwood Brewery – Stoutnik, Russian Imperial Stout

The Renaissance Chocolate Porter is one of the very nicest chocolates I’ve ever had! Parallel 49’s Lost Souls is a Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, though I didn’t really find it to be very pumpkin-y, everyone still really enjoyed it!  Longwood Brewery’s Stoutnik has the distinction of being BC most expensive beer label, it a gorgeous matte black with holographic lettering and braille!

Steamworks - Pumpkin Ale, Central City  Brewing - Red Racer Pumpkin Ale, Tree Brewing  - Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale

Steamworks – Pumpkin Ale, Central City Brewing – Red Racer Pumpkin Ale, Tree Brewing – Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale

Since it is pumpkin season, we featured some of the best pumpkins bombers that have been out.  Though I didn’t find the Parallel 49 Lost souls very Pumpkin-y, these 3 made up for it BIG TIME! Tree Brewing’s Jumpin Jack Pumpkin Ale, is pumpkin-y with a tad of spices in the finish, very nice.  Meanwhile, Central City Brewing’s Red Racer Pumpkin really packs a punch with the spices, especially the cloves, which I love! But my favourite of the three is Steamworks Pumpkin Ale, which we all agreed was the perfect balance of the other 2.  All are highly recommended by me!!

Moon Under Water - Creepy Uncle Dunkel, Howe Sound Inn & Brewery - Rail Ale Nut Brown, Howe Sound Inn & Brewery - 4 way Fruit Ale

Moon Under Water – Creepy Uncle Dunkel, Howe Sound Inn & Brewery – Rail Ale Nut Brown, Howe Sound Inn & Brewery – 4 way Fruit Ale

In our last grouping we had Creepy Uncle Dunkle by Moon Under Water Brewing, that was an awesome dunkle and comes in 3rd, for my ranking of best names!  We also had 2 Howe Sound Brewery beers, the Rail Ale Nut Brown, which is a nummy brown ale & the 4 way fruit ale which is a combination of mango, passionfruit, raspberry and pomegranate it also happens to be a favourite of mine in the summer, it’s fresh, very light and you really taste the passionfruit!

We actually had the opportunity to try quite a few craft beers over the evening, I actually lost track of them all!!

Miss Meanie loves some craft beer!

Mister Meanie

Our Bomb’s Away bomber beer fest was a huge success!!  Would you consider hosting one at your house?

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