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Beer Tasting
Posted February 07, 2006 at 01:35:55 PM by Bean in the Beer category
Yes, you are correct, my last 2 blogs have been about beer. And this one is too.

Last weekend, Stef and I went to Richmond for Stacie's birthday, and while there, I talked to her dad about an event that he helped host the weekend before. It was called "Best of the Midwest" and it was a beer tasting.

From what he told me, this is how it worked:
Some dude rented out the Shriners's club house for an evening for $150. He then sent a Shriner to pick up $75 worth of beer - 10 sixpacks of microbrews. 30 people or so attended the event, each shelling out $20 for the night ($600). The guy running the operation talked about each beer as they were passed out (each bottle was split among 4 people I think) and walked the tasters through a wide range of beers. There was also a raffle for some beer paraphanelia which brought in an additional $140 (for about $20 worth of crap) which was donated to the Shrine club as a "tip." The Shrine bar was also open (run by a Shriner volunteer) - they took in about $40. I think the whole thing lasted 2 hours, and from what Steve said, everyone had a pretty good time. The Shriners made $320 and from what I surmise, the guy running the deal made $375.

Now, I'm not sure how it all worked, legally. I assume that the whole thing operated uner the Shrine Club's liquor liscense. Steve told me that whenever the club is rented, the Shrine always provides the alcohol (marked up, of course) but that they didnt have a problem with buying specific items so long as a list and ample funds were provided.

As you can probably guess, I would love to put on one of these. I really want to get started planning and gauging intrest in my area, but I want to make sure it's all legal first. I'm going to contact a few local lodges (Elk's, Moose, etc.) and see if they can help me sort through the legalities.

Here's how I'd run mine:
  • $20 per person (drivers get in free and get free soda and whatnot)
  • Free chips, pretzels, etc.
  • Cash bar (if the club offers one)
  • 12 beers, chosen and thoroughly researched by me.
  • Each bottle get's split between 4 people (comes out to about 36oz of beer per person)
  • 4 beers, break, 4 beers, break, 4 beers, done.
  • During the breaks, turn on some music (if the club offers it) and "mingle"
  • I'd talk about each beer, point out some of the flavor components in each, and talk about the individual breweries responsible for them.
  • I'd bring various samples of malted barley, hops, yeast, etc. to pass around and/or taste.
  • I'd give a little talk on homebrewing at the end - and if it is at all possible, samples of my own brew for free (to everyone present).
Is this a stupid idea?
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6 comments
celeb (February 07, 2006 at 06:33:31 PM):
I think it's a good idea - however, I think based on my current knowledge of people you know and people that read this that most of us find $20 for 36oz of beer a little expensive.
Bean (February 07, 2006 at 07:57:49 PM):
That's what I thought too... but aparently there were enough people in richmond willing to pay $20 for only 30oz to make it worth while - and I'm throwing in 6 bonus ounces for free!

Also, you figure you are paying for the "lecture" and whatnot - that's the idea - you get to taste lots of beers and learn about them for a lot less than it would cost to go buy 1 of each.
bigD (February 07, 2006 at 09:23:37 PM):
color me stoked to learn how to make wet carpet beer!
m3 (February 07, 2006 at 11:37:31 PM):
see m1's blog for why it doesn't matter whether it's legal or not. you're already a crook anyway.

http://blog.benmaxson.com/index.php?entry=entry060208-011647
m1 (February 08, 2006 at 10:33:49 AM):
Maybe I'm just a lush but if it was me, I think I'd be left wanting more beer.
bean (February 08, 2006 at 11:50:02 AM):
You mean, like, oh I dont know... free homebrew? Cash bar?

I totally understand what you are saying, though. That's exactly how I would feel. But then again, you have to consider that MOST people are not alcoholics like we are.
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