I have a great job that allows me to share my passion for beer with the customers and the crew. Once a week I hold a beer tasting for my crew to educate them (and myself) about different beers that we carry. We have a smaller selection of beer and wish we had more but we do get new ones here and there and we get opportunity buys which are exciting.
When I do the beer tasting for the crew we talk about the type of beer, origin, history of the brewery, awards the beers have won, etc. We try to make it as interactive as possible. We all have different perceptions of how we think the beer taste and smell and that’s what makes it fun.
Lately, we have been doing beer pairings with food to learn more about what beer pairs best with what food (I mean beer goes with everything). The most recent tasting we did I pulled three Belgium Style Ales off the shelf and researched what we could pair and it said fruit pies. Perfect! Pair it with our Peach Blackberry Pie.
Trader Joe’s (Unibroue) Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Triple
Chimay Bleue (Grande Reserve)
I went into the tasting with the mindset that I do not like Belgian-Style Ales because there are too heavy and malty. After the tasting, my mindset changed. The first beer, Trader Joe’s Providential Belgian-Style Golden Ale, I did not like as much because it reminded me of the style of beers I don’t like. Second, we tried the La Fin Du Monde and this changed my mood. Floral on the nose and light body that was extremely refreshing. The final beer, the Chimay Bleue had a banana on the nose, the head looked like a rootbeer float and tasted like burnt coffee beans. It was an enjoyable beer. I was happy I got to try these three to change my mindset.
I will try to post more about the different beer tastings we do at work in the future. Enjoy!