Beer Selection for Entertaining
Throwing a great get together for friends and family is all about anticipating your guests’ tastes and then having the kind of selection that meets the most desires possible, whether it’s food, games, music or drinks. And beer is no exception.
So what types of beer should you have on hand during this busy entertaining season? Here are some tips to help you please the widest variety of guests.
First thing to remember is there are two general types of beer, lager and ale, so think about having one or two of each style on hand for your get-together.
Lagers tend to be lighter, crisper and general crowd pleasers. It’s always a good bet to have a mainstream light beer on offer, which will certainly cover off guests who are looking for lighter fare with lower calories. Then fill in your selection with a straight-forward Canadian lager or perhaps one of the many classic European varieties (such as a pilsner), which are always popular for special events.
If you’re looking for something with a bit of a twist on the bitter, dry, crispness of a classic lager, consider a honey brown lager brewed here in Canada.
Ales, on the other hand, are traditionally heavier, fuller bodied and have a deep, rich flavour. Offering your guests a true U.K. ale is easy with all the English and Scottish options available. For a modern take on a classic ale, look no further than some of the wonderful Nova Scotian brewed craft ales available at your back door.
Stouts are much heavier, with a distinct taste and appeal. If you know you’ve got a number of serious beer tasters planning to attend, take advantage of the individual serving sizes available in many of the imported and domestic stouts.
If you’re looking to have a slightly more stylish or cocktail-like option on hand, try offering one of the wheat or white ales available. These are somewhat cloudy, thanks to the method of production, and tend toward citrus flavours. They’re available in both imported and domestic options, and are often served with fruit garnishes, such as oranges or lemons.
In the end it’s about having a selection that meets the tastes of the widest selection of your guests, from the mainstream light beer drinker to the classic ale lover. Avoid the extremes unless your guest list is full of beer experts. And seek out the individual size servings of those options you’d love to offer but you know won’t be as popular with the crowd.