Monday, May 24, 2010

John's Second Annual Craft Beer Event

John's Second Annual Craft Beer Event

This is going to be a recurring post that I will continue to update from time to time.

Update
October 11, 2010


I have been so busy with the details of the Event I have been neglecting updating this post. Then after the event I was falling behind on my reviews. So now I’m taking a few minutes to talk about this most successful event.

I don’t want to bore you with a lot of text so I’ll try to make this update short. I also would like to have comments from those who attended; good and bad so we can have an even better event next year.

All and all the event was a great success! A good time was had my all and I did not loose any money so Kathy is okay for a Third Annual.

The band was great and Michael was also great DJ’ing.

Piraat was the beer glass this year. In addition to the glasses I had an extra giveaway for the guest. I made around 200 beer bottle cap magnets for everyone to take home with them. 

The tasting table was another great success this year but since John Jr. was singing with the band it went unmanned for several hours. 

I do want to discuss this years beers but before I get into that I thought I would share some pictures taken by our dear friend Allison.









The Main Event Beers:
There was a minor set back in that one of the beers was not available. Of course we found out at the last minute and there really was not time to work on a substitute. So we ended up with a case of Delirium Nocturnum bottles instead of a 20L keg.

From a beer perspective there were a few surprises. The beers at this year’s event did not have the name recognition as last year’s beers. But they not only held there own some actually proved to be superior.

Braunch de Bruselle
This Wit was just fantastic on tap. Even the non-craft beer drinkers loved it. Boy, I wish Blue Moon could taste this good. It was smooth and refreshing and at 4.5 % you could drink it all night long. This Wit surpassed the St Bernadus Wit that we had last year and it is now my new Gold Standard for this style.

Affligem Blonde
This Blonde on draft turned out to be another surprise. I know this beer but did not realize how good it was on draft. I’m not sure if it was better than last years Leffe Blonde but it was excellent.

Maredsous 10
This Tripel seemed to be another favorite for some at the event. This is a very full bodied Tripel and was a perfect mid-range beer at the event. Several guest commented that this was their favorite of the night.

Piraat
Well, what can I say? This turned out to be the Party Bier of the night. And drinking it in its own glass didn’t hurt either.

Delirium Nocturnum
This was my only downfall of the night since we could only sample it from a case of 750ml bottles and not pour drafts.

Malheur 12
Wow what a surprise this was. And I must say the best beer of the night (in my humble opinion). Very smooth rich and creamy. I did a separate head to head with bottle St St. Bernardus Abt 12 and everyone said the Malheur was matier and smoother. The 12 % was not noticeable at all but you would definitely feel it later.

What a great event I can’t wait to start planning next years.


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Update
July 15,2010

The tickets are printed and the sales are on. 

As like last year the tickets are Individual, Couple and DD.

Please let me know if you are interested.


Update
July 6, 2010

I just finalized the bier menu and flyer.

There has also been a change in the entertainment. I have just secured an exclusive. John's Second Annual Craft Beer Event will now be featuring special musical guest Pali Cannon!

Here is the agenda as it stands today:

6:00 - 7:00         Appetizers with two starter beers in bottles
7:00 - 9:00         Buffet Dinner with 6 main event biers on draft
9:00 - 11:00       Party with Special Musical Guest, Pali Cannon


I will have tickets available next week.


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May 24, 2010
Save the Date


Yeah Man, its official, John’s Second Annual Craft Beer Event is on!

Date:    September 25, 2010
Time:    6:00 to 11:00PM
Place:    Holy Saviour Parish Hall, Linwood PA

If you are wondering what this is all about here is a link to John’s First Annual Craft Beer Event



As last year this will be a ticketed Shared Cost Event. So make sure you contact me for tickets (once I get them printed).

So what am I doing for round 2? Well, there is such a wonderful world of Belgian Biers out there I have decided that this year’s event would be another Belgian Bier Banquet but with 8 different Belgians Biers.

We are in the early stages investigating what is available in bottle and kegs so I don’t have a bier menu to share with you at this time.

What I do know

I have to raise the price a little to meet expenses. This years price will be $35.00 a person and $60.00 for a couple.

I am also adding 1 hour to the event.
Here is the tentative schedule.


Event Schedule
6:00 to 7:00  Appetizers with two starter biers in bottles
7:00 to 9:00  Full Buffet Dinner and 6 Main Event Belgians on Draft 

9:00 to 11:00 Party Time with Peiser! DJ Extraordinaire

The Tasting Table`

This was a very big hit last year so it will be back by popular demand. The success of this table relies on what Craft Beer everyone brings, so don’t forget to bring your favorite craft beer for the tasting table. 

Food Menu
It looks like we will have the same food menu as last year.

I’ll be posting an update soon.

John

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