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Generally, wine and beer are the most popular drink choices at any given party. The rule of thumb is 50% of your guests will prefer wine, 30% will prefer beer and 20% will prefer spirits. An average person will consume 2 drinks within the first hour of the event and one drink every hour thereafter.
Choosing the Wine
Other than choosing the wines you think your guests will enjoy, it’s also a good idea to choose wines based on what you’ll be eating.
In general, red wines should be served alongside red meats and white wines pair well with lighter dishes and white meats. If you’re really looking to impress, consider a sparkling wine with appetizers and match wines to each course thereafter. As you explore our wines, notice the pairing information on each product’s detail page. These will help you make the perfect selections for your menu.
Here’s a quick rundown on our suggested wine varietals:
Chill the wine. Place red wine in the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving as they are best served at 62-65°F. White wine should go in the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving and kept chilled in ice buckets throughout the duration of the event.
Get the glasses. Red wine, white wine and sparkling wines are traditionally served in different glasses. For a swanky soiree, make sure every place setting has one of each, plus a water glass. For more low-key events, a single style glass for white and red wine will do, but we still recommend coupes or flutes for the bubbly.
Choosing the Beer
Here are a few popular styles to get you started. If you’re hosting a beer tasting party, mix it up with several of these in bottles, cans or growlers.
Sip these on summer days. They typically pair well with fried fish, spring salads and egg rolls.
Counter to ale, lagers ferment at cooler temperatures, making for a lighter body and refreshing swig.
Low alcohol and a light body pair with smooth, crisp flavors for a wonderful food beer.
Kölsch is a light hybrid ale with lager tendencies. It is sessionable, making it perfect for a hot day.
With a hint of sweet fruit and a tinge of citrus and spice, wheat beer pairs well with seafood and pool hangs.
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These are good for warm days, cold days and any other weather phenomenon. They’re usually good with spicy foods and barbecue.
This flavorful beer ferments at warmer temperatures with pale malts for color and balance.
Rich caramelized malts and fruity compounds make this another versatile food beer.
The hoppiest of beer styles, IPA’s best examples showcase balanced bitterness and subtle malt flavors.
Oktoberfest is both refreshing and hearty with a slight malty sweetness and low hop character. Pair with cured meats and spicy dishes.
For colder weather, grab a dark beer. These can be heavy and are great on their own. But if you’re looking to pair, try brisket or chocolate.
Robust, malty and very rich, the round body of barleywine brings a fruity complexity to the palate of imbibers.
Toasted notes are the key characteristics in this dark, full-bodied beer, which often gives off coffee aromas and flavors.
Roasted barley gives a distinctive taste to the porter. Some brewers also age their porter in barrels, adding to its character.
Glasses. Beer aficionados will expect the right glass for the right beer. Pint glasses and steins are the most popular.
Choosing the Spirits
Cover your bases with spirits that can be mixed or enjoyed straight. We recommend a combination of the following:
Garnishes. Have a supply of olives, limes, mint and cherries on hand. Shop garnishes.
Pack the ice. You’ll need a lot of it.
Master the mixers. Calculate 2 bottles of mixers per 1 bottle of spirit. Soft drinks, fruit juices and tonic water are all necessary. Simple syrup and grenadine would enhance your bar. Shop bar mixers.
Make your glasses handy. No need to have every cocktail glass. An assortment of highball and lowball glasses will handle almost every cocktail your guest’s order. Shop accessories.
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