Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cheers! - A Beer Tasting

I adore a good wine tasting, a "bottle and brush" session with good friends, or an after-work wine and cheese "wine down" party with co-workers.  These parties are a clever twist on the traditional wine tasting - a Beer Tasting party!  Ever since I first came accross these, I have been talking it up to everyone I can think of...we need to do this party!  It's a great idea for any adult birthday, an engagement party, stock-the-bar shower, or after-work party.  My awesome brother-in-law Justin, Allison's husband, has a birthday coming up in October, so maybe we can throw him a beer bash!

How cool is this setup?!  I love all of the beers on display with the framed "brew" picture and the glass jars filled with bottlecaps...

Table the peanuts!  It has such a pub-like feel!

Bottlecap topiaries - genius!

Hang framed bar or beer themed pictures to create the ultimate beer bash atmosphere!

Use galvanized tin pails with ice to serve different brews.


So many beers...

Love the barley! Tie with a ribbon and place in planters with moss.

Beer bottles used as decor and a bottle-opening tray

Use these cute beer cards for reviews!

Guinness-themed description cards.

Use ribbon and bottlecaps to tie together your serving pieces and decor.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Love the little beer can picks!

An upgrade from the standard pretzels and nuts...including Tabasco Popcorn.  Yum!  Really, the possibilities for bar-inspired food are endless, but here are just a few more ideas...

Loaded Potato Soup "Shots"...

Shrimp Cocktail "Shots"...

Cheeseburger Sliders...

Chipotle Mac & Cheese Shooters...

and, of course, Cake Shots!

Happy tasting!

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