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Old 05-09-2011, 06:35 PM   #1
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I have some people coming over to try my home made beers. They are not so into beer, except they probably drank a swimming pool of cheap, bland euro lager in last month. So they like beer, but I think they don't know anything about it except it causes a hangover

But anyway, they're all nice and good friends.

So, what I have bottled is: Sweet stout, Kolsch, Amber Ale, hefeweizen and some barley wine. These beers are all really great, but I'm concerned about the order of serving....

I want them to try all of them (and what is more important THEY want to try all of them ) but wouldn't like if one beer ruins the other, if you know what I mean. They drink fast....

So in what order would you serve this beer?

(there will be some finger food, definitely)


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Old 05-09-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Kolsch, Hef, Amber, Stout, Barleywine.


You generally want to do the lighter/less hoppy beers before heavier/darker/hoppier beers.



 
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:40 PM   #3
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Kolsch, Hef, Amber, Stout, Barleywine.


You generally want to do the lighter/less hoppy beers before heavier/darker/hoppier beers.
That is the exact order I came up with while reading the post.

 
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I would suggest the Barleywine well after the rest. You'll want to disengage the roasted flavors from the stout before having them try and taste the barelywine. There are some very interesting subtle flavors in a barleywine that might be missed if they don't cleanse the palate very well.

 
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I would suggest the Barleywine well after the rest. You'll want to disengage the roasted flavors from the stout before having them try and taste the barelywine. There are some very interesting subtle flavors in a barleywine that might be missed if they don't cleanse the palate very well.
I'll try to make them eat something before the Barleywine....
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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Another consideration should be sample size... A few ounce taste should be more than enough. After the tasting is over is then time to drink pints (er, appropriate glassware) of whatever they liked!

 
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:19 PM   #7
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same order i came up with. good idea to have a little something to eat before the barley wine, something light to cleanse the palate.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #8
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Whether you are talking about sushi, wine, beer, cheese.. anything... the rule of thumb for not ruining your pallet is to go from "lighter" to "darker" in terms of taste.

 
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:02 AM   #9
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hmm is the kolsh reaaly light enough to serve before the hefe?
do a small serve of lambic in between and they love them all:P

 
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:34 AM   #10
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hmm is the kolsh reaaly light enough to serve before the hefe?
Yes in fact I personally feel it would be a crime to serve the hef first. The yeast profile is much more prominent in a hef and you will basically not taste the yeast character in the kolsch if you do it the other way around.



 
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