Beer Tasting Party

Last fall I threw Rob had beer tasting party for his 25th birthday and never ended up posting about it here.  It turned out to be so fun, I think it's worth sharing a few months late ;)
Beer Tasting Party Score Cards
Pitchers for blind beer tasting
Pitchers for blind beer tasting
Beer pitchers spread out all over the house
I researched a lot of different ideas on Pinterest about how to do the actual beer tasting.  I knew that I wanted everyone to be able to taste the beers and score them without knowing which beer they were drinking.  I ended up modifying a bunch of different ideas but the end result worked out great.  I ordered 25 plastic pitchers, one for each guest, (from The Dollar Store!) and made labels to number each pitcher.  On the invitation, we asked guests to bring a chilled six-pack of their favorite beer.  When guests arrived, I took their beers into our office and poured that beer into a pitcher.  I made a spreadsheet in advance with the pitchers numbered and added the person's name who brought it and the type of beer.  I made sure to use the numbers at random so it wasn't as obvious who brought what.  Three beers ended up being the perfect amount in each pitcher, which let people drink their favorites of the remaining beers after the tasting part was over.  
Beer Tasting Birthday Party
I had tasting glasses set up with tasting score cards and mini golf pencils.  I also made a big batch of Skip-And-Go beer punch, which brought back many college memories!  As for food, I tried to keep the menu simple, bar food.  I wanted everyone to be free to walk around and taste instead of tied to sitting down with a plate of food so I made a walking chili bar.  I had bags of fritos that guests filled with one of four different types of chili (regular chili, white chicken chili, taco chili, and a spicy chili) and topped with their choice of toppings.  It worked out perfect because I was able to make the chili earlier in the day, leave them in crockpots during the party and socialize!  I also had giant soft pretzels with various mustards and cheese sauces, popcorn, pub mix, and a salted caramel birthday cake.  Having a good amount of food was key to balancing out the amount of beer!
Walking Chili Bar
food for a beer tasting party
I let the party run pretty freely, letting people eat and taste however and whenever they wanted.  Towards the end of the evening, I collected the score cards and counted up the votes.  I loved reading everyone's comments....especially the funny ones from later in the night! I bought $10 giftcards to Hopjacks (a local restaurant/bar) for the two winners: the overall favorite and the birthday boy's favorite.  (Surprisingly enough, they ended up being the exact same beer so we had to go with the second place overall winner!) I also slipped in a pitcher of Bud Light just to see if people would be able to recognize the taste.  I was totally impressed by how many people knew immediately and wrote that it was Bud Light in their comments! 
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The boys drinking straight from the pitchers at the end of the night.  One of the few pictures I took the entire night! 
We had so much fun and I definitely want to have another tasting party!  Have you ever been to a beer tasting party?


  1. award for the coolest party ever goes to YOU. this is amazing.

    in love with all the little signs - "hoppy birthday; ale yeah!" - ahh so adorable!

    also loving those AMERICA shorts! xo

  2. What a cute idea for a bday! I love this and am totally going to steal it one day

  3. What a cute idea for a bday! I love this and am totally going to steal it one day

  4. This is a really cool theme! Looks like fun.

  5. This is the BEST party ever. Seriously puts any party I've thrown for my boyfriend to shame! I would love to try this myself, but I have no idea how you managed to keep track of which was which--me and numbers don't quite go together :/ haha

  6. So, I don't drink... but man, what a way to throw a party! I could totally see doing this for my dad. So fun!!! :) PS those M&M's made me hungry!

  7. Oh my gosh, Brian would LOVE this birthday idea! All of your details are amazing. Giant pretzels are the best with beer!

  8. Um I am so stealing this idea for my husband's birthday! You are an amazing party planner!

  9. Okay that is the cutest idea! You're so darn creative!!

  10. Girlfriend, this is so awesome!! I am so going to do this for my hubby's next birthday! And the soft pretzels... Mmm!! You're a girl after my own heart!


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