Beer Tasting: New Year's Eve

As a part of our Dragonfly Cohousing community development, we plan social events where members can interact outside of business meetings. Now that our group has grown to 60 people, the Social Team is planning more frequent smaller get togethers. Amber and hosted just such a gathering on New Year's Eve: Beer Tasting.

Every attendee brought a couple interesting beer and I outfitted them with a score card and a small glass. Since there were 9 people, we had 18 beer to sample.

The suggestion was made that we try each one blind so I asked Jae to help me pour and deliver the various brews. We were also among the more enthusiastic drinkers so we finished everyone else's samples when they didn't want to (there were 3 people who didn't like beer at all).

First the fruit beer, then the rest:
  1. Van Diest Früli (Strawberry Beer, Belgium, 4.1%)
  2. Brouwerij Lindemans Pecheresse (Peach Beer, Belgium, 2.5%)
  3. Brouwerij Huyghe Floris Kriek (Cherry Beer, Belgium, 3.5%)

  4. Harviestoun Mr Sno'balls (English Pale Ale, Scotland, 4.5%)
  5. Fernie Brewing CompanyWhat the Huck (Huckleberry Wheat Ale, Canada, 5%)
  6. Pivovar Litovel Original Litovel Premium (Czech Pilsener, Czech Republic, 5%)

  7. Boddingtons Pub Ale (English Pale Ale, England, 4.7%)
  8. Fuller's Organic Honey Dew (Honey Beer, England, 5%)
  9. Diebels Premium Altbier (Altbier, Germany, 4.9%)

  10. Half Pints Little Scrapper I.P.A. (American India Pale Ale, Canada, 6%)
  11. Howe Sound Brewing Devil's Elbow IPA (English IPA,  Canada, 5.7%)
  12. Natural Brew Outrageous Ginger Ale (Ginger Ale, USA, 0%)

  13. Young's Double Chocolate Stout (Milk Stout, England, 5.2%)
  14. Rogue Ales Shakespear Oatmeal Stout (Oatmeal Stout, USA, 6.1%)
  15. Microbrasserie Charlevoix La Vache Folle - ESB (Strong Bitter, Canada, 6%)
Everyone had very different scores - some giving their lowest scores to my last beer tasting's winner (Young's Double Chocolate Stout). So, I'll tell you my top 7: Young's Chocolate Stout, Devil's Elbow IPA, Mr Sno'balls, Little Scrapper IPA, La Vache Folle, Organic Honey Dew, Pecheresse)

I did mention that we had 18 beer on the menu, but we petered out at around 11:30 and didn't get to the Maple Stout, Benedictus, and Innis & Gunn.



Salome said...

What a great idea! I like how you have Howe sound beer!

Zaak Robichaud said...

Howe Sound Brewery, here I come!