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Putting Together a Beer Tasting. What Should I Bring?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by AverageWhiteGuy, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Alright everyone I'm hoping to get a bit of help here. I'm heading out to San Diego in March to visit family and friends and I'm planning on putting on a little tasting and bbq. I've got a lot of beer nerd friends back home so I want to bring them some stuff they can't get. So far on the list of beers I'm thinking of bringing with me are BCBCS, BCBS, FBS, 3beans, and Pumpking. I know I'm missing a lot of must bring beers so I'm looking for recommendations. I'm living in Boston right now so I've got a pretty good selection available to me. So what do you all think I need to pick up or look out for to bring with me?
  2. Here is a wonderful tool you can use to see what beers are and are not available between states, select two states and it will tell you what they get individually that the other state does not and what they share:

    And I would suggest Troegs Nugget Nectar and Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout. There is plenty of other stuff worth choosing as well. And make sure you bring your friends in Mass some good stuff from California.
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  3. Bell's anything
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  4. Have enough proper glassware to go around. Do not ever use plastic. Also, mix up some sanitizing solution for dunking dirty glasses after use: rinse in hot water, dunk in sanitizer, rinse in hot water, air dry. Soap kills heads, thus takes away the aromatic effervescence that is so important to understanding flavors. Use soap and chalk it up as worthless.
    Also, Pumpking from last season and Imperial Stout sounds horrid. Drink Pumpkin Märzen when it's released or the taste isn't there...but with Stout...that's just a bad idea for a way to wreck palates.
    Have fun! Don't expect people to get it if they are new to craft. Don't rant, just give and listen.
  5. BruChef

    BruChef Savant (315) New York Nov 8, 2009

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  6. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (645) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Well, that you're going back to San Diego I'd bet there's a lot of west coast IPA love. Well, I much prefer non-west coast IPA's, of course well exceptions. I'd get my hands on some Heady and Lawson's for sure and maybe some others. I'm by no means a pro on west coast style, but I'd also consider Abrasive and Hopslam.
  7. Bring some hoponius and some kiwi rising, phaps a saxonator as well
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  8. Great suggestion with seekabrew I completely forgot that site existed. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some Nugget Nectar cause I'm sure that would be a big hit with some of my friends. I plan on bringing quite a few different things back with me so no worries there.
  9. rodlavers

    rodlavers Savant (490) Pennsylvania Jun 20, 2012

    somehow obtain fat heads head hunter and bring that
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  10. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Keep in mind the dates too. Don't buy an IPA thats 1 1/2 months old tomorrow to take in march when its 2 1/2-3 months old.

    may be obvious, but we all forget dates sometimes. At least I do. Every time I buy sculpin..
  11. rodlavers

    rodlavers Savant (490) Pennsylvania Jun 20, 2012

    good point
  12. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    I think it depends on how much they think that you know about beer. If you want to mess with them then I would stop off and get some Stone, Green Flash, Pliny, if you can find it, etc. Or find some lesser brewery out there and bring theirs. If they know that you know beer then a lot of the founders or bells stuff is good. Can they get FFF out there? The rye da tiger is great as is Dreadnaught or zombie dust. Being in KY, i live vicariously through most other people on here as far as what they actually have available.
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  13. They are all pretty big beer fiends and know their stuff so I know they are expecting some interesting things. Founders is definitely on my list of things to bring back with me. But sadly I wont be able to get my hands on any bells or FFF (though I really wish I could).
  14. BILF

    BILF Advocate (725) Israel Jan 9, 2010

    A big stick to to educate any monkey's who arrive and don't abide by bottle opening etequite.
  15. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Advocate (515) Florida Jun 13, 2012

    [quote="AverageWhiteGuy, post: 913021, member: 703681".....I'm planning on putting on a little tasting and bbq.[/quote]Keep in mind what types of beer(s) go with the food you'll be serving.
  16. I'm in Boston too for school right now. Fat Heads, Bells, and FFF don't distribute here so don't go looking for those.

    If you want to make the ~2 hour drive up to Vermont for Heady Topper, Lawsons, and Hill Farmstead I am sure your friends and family would really appreciate that.

    Nugget Nectar is supposed to hit here this upcoming week according to my beer store. If you want to go really local you can get some of Harpoon's Leviathan series or an Ipswich Oatmeal Stout (very solid and pretty cheap 4.50-5 a bomber). Since it looks like they enjoy stouts you can find Hoppin Frog's BORIS and DORIS if you look. That's really all I can think of right now.

    When are you heading out there? I'm from Minnesota so when I fly back to Boston I usually bring some Surly back. I fly back into Boston on the 17th of March so if you want I could probably bring you some Furious or Bells stuff.

    Good Luck!
  17. Keep in mind what types of beer(s) go with the food you'll be serving.[/quote]
    I didn't even consider that, good point. I may have to alter things a little bit.
  18. I'd really like to make the trip up to heady, lawsons and Hill but I doubt I'll have to time before leaving to make it out there. But maybe I'll get lucky you never know.

    Yeah all the bottle shops around me have seemed to be unaware that nugget nectar has been released so I'm really hoping to find that in the next few days. Some of the Leviathan series stuff might be a good idea, and I've never had any of the Hoppin Frog beers before so I wasn't sure if they were worth picking up or not. Guess I'll have to take a closer look at those next time.

    I'm heading out March 6th through the 13. I'd love to get my hands on some furious and bells brews, I definitely planned on bringing some stuff back with me from SD so maybe we could work something out.
  19. A proper evening tasting is using followed a number of hours later by some or all of the following:

    McRib sandwich X2
    Denny's All American Grand Slam Breakfast
    Hair of the Dog
  20. diesel59

    diesel59 Savant (410) New York Jan 3, 2012

  21. Do they sell McRibs or have Denny's in Scotland?
  22. Budweiser Black Crown...it's new
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  23. No. There's a Facebook campaign to return the 'beloved' McRib to the UK which is ongoing. Denny's no as well (but there is McDs, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC, Dominos and a handful of Taco Bells in England) but the equivalent is a 'Full English' breakfast in Scotland has the added twist of fried bread, fried scones and haggis. Its awesome and, funny enough, I'm half an hour from gourging myself on one right now.
    Alright (cue head swivel).
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