a beer tasting

{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs

chic, sweet, garden beer tasting parties

styling SUPAL DESAI photo assistance MOUNICA PADAM, ANNA ABBEY
location PIMLICO, LONDON in collaboration with HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE

With summer in its peak and the gardens all inviting, it has been the perfect time
to spend weekday evenings with some of my closest girlfriends trying new things. I’m
the party planner and I think my friends enjoy that as it makes everything quite seamless
and simple. A couple of weeks ago, on a warm Thursday evening, we decided to pick up
a bottle each of some crafted beers and host our own little beer tasting…
 

{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs {a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs

the selection

Don’t be too fussy about selection. I’man avid beer fan, so I chose my bottles based on
what would appeal to me. I’m a pale ale fan, so I went with something of that variety.
Slightly fruit, but a bit foggy. My friends ranged from being fans of dark, coffee-like
beers to extreme juicy-fruity variety.

what to do

Most beer tastings include scoresheets or cards, but we decided that we couldn’t deal
with that nonsense and decided to just talk to each other and enjoy the company. We
discussed the beer and the person who selected it told us why they preferred it.
It’s almost like you get to know that person a little more. Pour just a little bit of
each beer in a different glass and start by drinking the one with the least amount of
alcohol and work your way up.
 

{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs {a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs

something to munch

We thought each person was responsible for 2 types of beer and 1 snack. I ended up supplying
a hard cheese and some oat biscuits. Another friend made a sausage dip and another supplied
crisps and salsa. It ended up being lots to eat, which is perfectly fine. Try to pair your
beer with your snack. Spicier salsa with a light beer, denser beer with bread.

what to wear

I decided to go with an older drop-waist dress that I picked up from Anthropologie.
It was green, summery and perfect for the scenery. Paired with nude open-toe wedges and
the simplest of jewels. I was quite excited when Happiness Boutique sent me these simplicity pearl
earrings
as they are both a bit edgy and classic. Something that forces me to step out of my
element, but also stay true to my style.
 

{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs
{a beer tasting} via chevrons & éclairs