Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Celebrating the A-Z Challenge with a Beer Tasting !

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from preparing for St. Patrick’s Day at Wilderness office, it’s that beer can be quite a divisive drink. Some of us love the occasional grain-based beverage. Others, however, simply can’t abide by the drink’s heavy, earthy taste. For those in the latter camp, St. Patrick’s Day.. or as I like to also say the celebrating the A-Z Flower Challenge  can sometimes be an unwelcome experience, given its association with copious beer consumption. It doesn’t need to be this way! To win over some of our less beer-inclined friends, we decided to throw a little beer-tasting party. Similar to a wine tasting, a beer-tasting party allows guests to try various brews and appreciate their subtle nuances in flavor — no unsightly chugging necessary! Better yet, you can mix and match various treats to enhance and complement the flavors. To take the idea even further, try choosing multiple blends from a local brewery. After touring Mumbai’s various Microbreweries, my husband Kunal Shah and I, we decided to highlight some of their craft beers. Check out all the photos, treats and decorations after the jump! 
Above image: No, those aren’t straws in those beers (who do you think we are?). They’re drink labels! Simply attach circles of decorative paper to a bamboo skewer and pop one in each drink for easy identification! The brews in this photo are, from left to right:Sweet ActionResin and The Crisp.

Above image: We created six-pointed paper stars as a decorative homage to Sixpoint’s logo. Check out the DIY directions on Design & Form, one of my favorite blogs. Various decorative papers from Paper Source.

Above image: I love pairing beers with hard cheeses and hearty breads. Salty treats like potato chips and peanuts are also excellent beer snacks.

Above image: Three more fabulous brews from Sixpoint, pictured left to right: 3 Beans,Bengali Tiger and Righteous Ale.

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