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Beer Tasting Party XXI - The Dark Side

  • Dec 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Update 12/27:  The address has been emailed out to everyone on the list.  Please let me know if you didn't receive it.  ~Amy


It's been too long since we had a Beer Tasting Party.  Please read all of the information below before RSVPing, especially if you've never been to one of these before.

Since we are (or will be) smack in the middle of winter, this tasting will be focused on the Dark Side:   stouts and porters.    Please bring a [craft] stout or porter as your contribution to the bottle share.  Details below.

This is one of our most popular events, and is a great chance to expand your beer-loving palate while getting to know your fellow beer lovers in a smaller setting. Spots are limited, so please only RSVP if you are committed to attending.

Because this is a limited space event, the guest option has been turned off.  If you have a friend that wants to attend but is not a member, please ask them to join and RSVP separately. 

If the event is full, don't hesitate to join the waitlist -- spots always open up.

Where: Amy's place, located in Glen Allen. The actual address will be provided the day before the event.

When:  7:00 p.m.   Please be on time: we don't start the tastings until everyone is there.

What: This is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) / bottle share party. Each attendee is required to bring a craft beer (stout or porter, for this one) for sharing and sampling (please, no beers from Bud/Miller/Coors). Home brewers are encouraged to bring their specialties.  We will be doing "blind tastings" so keep your beer a secret, and prepare to be surprised!  There will be a prize for the crowd favorite.

Not sure what to bring? Ask your local beer seller for suggestions. Total Wine, Once Upon a Vine, and Whole Foods all have great selections, as well as many other specialty stores around Richmond.

Numbers: We’re limiting this event to 18 spots to keep it manageable. Please bring enough for everyone to taste at least a 2 oz sample of your beer (4-12 oz bottles or a couple of 24 oz, if all 18 spots are filled). Tasting cups will be provided.

Soak up that beer: Donations of beer-friendly foods are encouraged.  We'll provide water for between tastings.

Please only RSVP if you are committed to attending. No-shows will mess with the delicate balance of the Beer Universe for this event, so if you change your mind, please be courteous and change your RSVP


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  • Amy K

    Great selection of beers and nice spread of yummy food. Thanks to everyone who came out! Congratulations to Karl for winning the popular vote for his home brewed Castleburg Brewery Court Jester Porter #2! Can't wait for the next one. If anyone wants to host, please let me know.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Bill

    Another great beer tasting event - thx Amy for hosting and everyone for the great beer, and food! Happy new year all

    2 · December 28, 2013

  • Lisa

    I'm very sorry for the last minute cancellation, but I am feeling under the weather. So sorry to miss this!

    December 28, 2013

    • Amy K

      Hope you feel better!

      1 · December 28, 2013

  • Mike

    My sitter woke up sick this morning. I'm not sure I can find an alternate in time.

    December 28, 2013

    • Amy K

      Sorry to hear that Mike, hopefully we'll see you at the next one!

      December 28, 2013

    • Mike

      Me too. I have a nice little home brew I wanted to bring. A chocolate peanut butter stout.

      1 · December 28, 2013

  • Amy K

    An email with the address was sent yesterday, and also today to those who were able to get in at the last minute. PLEASE be sure you read the information in that email about the parking restrictions at my complex. If you don't have the email, let me know and I'll re-send. I've now closed RSVPs. Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight, and tasting some good dark beers!

    December 28, 2013

    • Bill

      Dark beers? Does this mean I can't bring Miller Lite??

      December 28, 2013

  • Amy K

    I've changed the waitlist method since we're getting closer, to avoid people being moved up without noticing. From now on, if a spot opens up, an email will go out to everyone listed as "want[ing] a spot" First person to RSVP gets the opening. Unfortunately this is the best way to avoid no-shows for these types of events.

    December 23, 2013

  • Pattie A.

    My husband's health will keep me from attending. My loss is someone else's gain!

    December 23, 2013

    • Amy K

      We'll miss you, Pattie. Hope your husband's health improves quickly.

      1 · December 23, 2013

  • Sue Avau E.

    Would love to join in if room becomes available. This would be our first meetup! Sue & Craig

    December 23, 2013

  • Dale

    Plans changed I'm sorry

    December 22, 2013

  • carmen

    Dark Star Orchestra at the national that night :)

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my daughter that night.

    December 7, 2013

  • Abby

    I wish I could make it but I'll be out of town for the holidays! Have a great time. Cheers!

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Amy B

    Shoot! I'll be in Ohio. Have a great time!

    December 6, 2013

  • Jenn

    Dang it! I have my guys that weekend. No drinking for me. :(

    December 6, 2013

  • Gary H.

    Dang. I really want to attend but that is my week of sobriety (I am on call for my job and so we can't drink). :( sad day.

    December 6, 2013

    • Amy K

      Oh booo Gary :( Hopefully you can make the next one!

      1 · December 6, 2013

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