Well, my BURP party (last Saturday night) turned-out to be a blast. I wanted to reduce my homebrew stock somewhat, but we only drank about 10 gallons of it. I'm left with about 45 gallons of homebrew, which really isn't too bad of a problem.
On tap that night were the following brews:
- Bad Ben's Brow-beater Brown Ale - An American Brown Ale (and a good session beer)
- Poor Richard's Ale - An experimental ale that I brewed for Big Brew Day
- Spring Fling IPA - A very-hoppy IPA with an ABV of 6.7%
- "Saison in the Sun" - A citrusy Belgian-style farmhouse ale...(my personal favorite)
- And last, but not least by any measure, my Belgian Stong, Dark Ale (which has an ABV higher than 9%, right now).
- I also had some of my Oak-aged Imperial Stout on hand to sample, at the end of the evening.
Tasting Notes from the BURP: The craft beer "newbies" preferred the Poor Richard's Ale and the Brown Ale. Both are fairly mild in flavor, so that's no surprise. The beer "experts" preferred the IPA and the two Belgian-style ales. The red wine "experts" fell in love with both Belgians, also. It was fun to see discriminating wine-only folks enjoy the complexities of a good Belgian-style ale. They also enjoyed the oak-aged Imperial Stout.
Food: The entree consisted of marinated and grilled chicken wings, and also some grilled turkey. A big salad was available and others brought potluck items.
All in all, it was a very fun and successful party, and I ended up getting about 4 hours of sleep prior to my run the next morning.One more party? Last night, I had about 25 folks over for a "Wednesday Night Run." It's a scheduled run that people show-up at to run and then eat a potluck dinner at the host's house. It's also a 25-year old Kansas City tradition in the running community, and is sponsored by my running club. I had 4 of the above beers on tap in my beer garden, and the weather turned-out to be just perfect. I'm through with hosting parties for at least a couple of months. I'll be in the mood again though, by September, I'll bet.
Nanobrewery update: As soon as we get a cooler-weather weekend, I will finally brew my Imperial IPA. This next weekend isn't looking too good for that. Maybe the next will be a little better. One can only hope.