Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring humble joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
Eight and a half gallons of homebrew+ 30 happy taste-testers = One awesome family beer fest
Matt, his brother, Ryan, and my cousin, Patrick, all homebrew beer. Last year Matt and I hosted a fairly small gathering to sample some of Matt's first creations. At this time he was the only one of the three that was brewing. Oh, the difference a year can make.
The Second Annual Beer Fest was even better than the first. More varieties of beer to try, more games to play, more food to eat--plus Ryan knows how to host a beer fest, let me tell ya!
He bought 5 oz sampling goblets and had custom-made vinyl decals added to them. He made a sign listing each beer (which was delightfully color coordinated) and made a score card so people could vote for their favorite beer. There were even prizes. Ryan really upped the ante on this one. And it seemed like everyone had a darn good time.
Oddly enough, Matt's rhubarb wine won the Best of Beer Fest award, but the votes were pretty evenly spread around. They were all good.
I think the consensus among the brewers was that the event was so fun and so well received that we must make it more than just an annual tradition--at least twice a year...maybe quarterly. Works for me! These boys are only going to get better and better with practice.