This is the 3rd time my boyfriend and I hosted a beer tasting. This particular one is to celebrate our recently move to Austin Texas. We usually start with a light beer and move to darker beers by the end of the tasting. I usually do a little bit of research on websites like Beeradvocate.com to figure out the flavour profile of the beer, and try to pair food that would bring out those specific notes from the beer. Portion control is very important when planning a large menu, since the food will be competing with the beer for space in the stomach. If you want your guests to go all the way to course/beer #6, you really have to be aware of how much food/alcohol a person can actually eat,  so it’s always better to serve portions that’s smaller than what you think a person will eat in a 6 course meal, because guests can always go for left overs if they really like something. Remember, it’s a TASTING menu!!

To start with, we had Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier, which is a light bodied, medium-high carbonation beer from Germany, with lemony, spice flavors.  I decided to pair the beer with Swifty’s Cobb Salad as a starter. The salad is composed of watercress, boston lettuce, and romaine, with some bacon and boiled egg, and chopped chives sprinkled on top. The dressing is a garlicky, mayo based, and the salad also is dotted with crumbled Roquefort cheese. Overall, it’s a very refreshing course to get the tasting started.

We had a couple of vegetarians and a lactose intolerant guest at the tasting, so I made sure to skip those items for these guests. I always make a point to ask possible for dietary restrictions from my guests. The main goal for any host at a party is for their guest to enjoy themselves as much as they can, and as a host, it really is my responsibility to make sure my guests needs are taken into consideration as much as possible.

Here is the link to Swifty’s Cobb Salad: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/swiftys-cobb-salad

Here is the link to Beer Advocates’s page on Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier : http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/252/760

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