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How to host a beer tasting at home

Posted March 20, 2012 | 2:48 pm, by Mirella

This weekend, as a part of a St. Patrick’s Day feature on beer, there were two articles in the Globe and Mail Style section for which I was interviewed:

The first is a practical guide about how to throw a beer tasting at home. The fine folk at the Globe and Mail approached me about providing information for this piece and I thought it was a fantastic idea! In this article, you will find all of the information necessary to throw a fun beer tasting party at home. They’ve outlined all of the info that I provided, including setup, beer selection and some cheeses that you can pair with the various beers for the tasting, all in 16 easy steps!

The article does not outline specific tasting technique. If you’d like to find out more about how to taste beer, there is a detailed description on the Beer Tasting 101 page of my website. There, you will also find the Beerology Beer Evaluation Sheet which can be quite useful in the context of a beer tasting. I’ve designed the tasting sheet so that it can either be used for tasting notes (in which case you can fill one out for each beer) or it can simply be used as a reference. It outlines all of the standard descriptors for beer and details all of the different flavours and aromas to look for when tasting beer. Feel free to download and print it!

The second piece in the Globe and Mail is an article about me and my work. The writer was particularly interested in my perspective as a woman in the industry and did a great job of outlining my journey in the beer industry so far…

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