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Beer and Chocolate Pairing Class -- Treat your guests to an uproariously entertaining sit-down class where they'll sample a seasonally rotating selection of craft beers and gourmet chocolates and desserts. Depending on length of class, guests will learn how beer and chocolate are made and historically and delectably related, the proper way to taste the two substances individually and together, the Three C's of pairing, when and how to host their own dessert pairing. You can supply the chocolate or we can source it from our partner,
2 Chicks with Chocolate, or from the chocolatier of your choosing. Class duration: 30 minutes to two hours. Take-home: class-specific tasting guide with your logo. Variations: single-origin chocolates, organic chocolates, wine-vs.-beer chocolate pairing.
Beer and Chocolate Pairing Demonstration -- All the fun of a class without any of the commitment. A way to offer an unusual activity without forcing your audience into captivity, demos allow us to stage condensed mini-classes (see above) for interested guests and/or interact with them casually by remaining in a stationary position to offer samples, explain the rationale behind the pairings and answer any questions. Perfect for festivals, receptions, lobby activations, informal parties, etc ... Variations: spirits and chocolate, white to dark chocolates, savory chocolates.
Beer Cocktail Workshop -- Warning: Your guests may get sticky but they'll laugh the whole time! Forward-thinking bars are starting to stock their cocktail menus with drinks mixed with beer, and by programming this class, your guests will learn to do it at home. We lead a sit-down (well, stand-up, to be more accurate) audience step-by-step in crafting their own beer cocktails, which they get to drink while they learn a little bit of history and folklore surrounding the trend that actually got its start several hundred years ago. You can choose to set up a station for each guest or allow them to take turns "behind the bar." Take-home: recipe sheet with your logo.Variations: reflect the season, incorporate your preferred liquor, compete against one-another for time, taste and presentation.
Beer Cocktail Demonstration -- All of the fun, none of the mess. Here again, demos let the crowd come to us. We mix the drinks while wittily narrating the process, and your guests get to relax and taste the finished products. For a more streamlined activity, we can pour beer cocktails and answer questions without the fanfare. Perfect for festivals, receptions, lobby activations, informal parties, etc ...
Beer Dinner -- Pick a culinary theme, decide whether you want to cook, cater or bring in a chef, and we'll work with you to coordinate each course with the perfect beer. The day of the meal, we'll come to your house to present the pairings and discuss anything you'd like, from proper glassware to the origin of the styles you're serving. We can stay for just the start of the meal or mingle with your guests and showcase each course as it comes (we'll dress appropriately, we promise). Take-home: menu with course pairings. Variations: wine vs. beer, international, brewery vs. brewery.
Tutored Tasting or Pairing-- This category can take whatever form you'd like. Want to learn the difference between English, East Coast and West Coast IPAs? Curious to compare Belgian beers and cheeses against their Italian and French counterparts? Interested in sampling beers brewed by European monks according to thousand-year-old traditions? We'll present the information and samples according to your vision, whether that's a guided, interactive tutorial or an informal Q-and-A somewhere in the mix. Variations: coffee beers and their beans of origin, German lagers, sour and funky beers, beers aged in liquor barrels.
Beer Lesson -- Need a featured speaker or guest lecturer? Samples are welcome but not necessary as we take a lively yet informative approach to topics like "New Jersey Beer -- Past, Present and Future," "Beer and Food Writing -- Paltry Pay, Plentiful Perks," "Women in Brewing, a New Phenomenon That's 10,000 Years Old," and "Raising Your Revenue, One Craft Beer at a Time (for servers and bar managers)."