We didn't own any small drinking glasses, so I picked a few up. I was quite happy with how they worked. I also did a bit of research on Beer Advocate and printed an information sheet on the beers so we'd learn a bit too.
I printed these little scoring cards on the back of blank recipe cards to make the event a bit more official - or at least to make us feel a bit more pro. I scored the first beer too high not leaving enough room for improvement. Next time, I'll have to score the first beer at about 50% as a baseline.
This is my selection in order of tasting:
- Harviestoun's Bitter and Twisted (4.2% IPA from Scotland)
- Weihenstephaner's Hefe Weissbier (5.4% wheat beer from Germany)
- Warsteiner's Premium Dunkel (4.9% dark lager from Germany)
- Brouwerij Verhaeghe's Duchess de Bourgogne (6.2% Flanders red ale from Belgium)
- Raasted's Hindbaer Trippel (8.5% raspberry beer from Denmark)
- Fuller's London Porter (5.4% English porter from England)
- Young's Double Chocolate Stout (5.2% milk stout from England)
- Pike's Monk's Uncle Tripel (9.0% strong pale ale from USA)
- Hebrew's Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. (10.0% double IPA from USA)
The clear winner was the incredibly tasty Double Chocolate Stout, followed by the Bittersweet, then the London Porter. I really enjoyed all the beers. We lined our stomachs with some of Amber's homemade bread with melted cheese and sprinkled cumin. It was a lovely evening.
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin
"Water is drank by the four legged beast; man prefers it with hops, malts, and yeast." - German Toast