I found this beautifully illustrated miniature paper cookbook on etsy a couple of weeks ago and knew I had to review it for our blog over here. It was written by a Canadian brewing company and has some very fun and creative ideas of how to entertain using different kinds of beer as the center piece. Getting creative with beer has never seemed so elegant thanks to this cookbook.
It’s chock full of recipes usually centered around different kinds of parties you can have, I will be going through them each week till the end, so you can have some party inspiration to last you all year long!
The first installment is getting the basics down! The first couple of pages inside the book give you the low-down on pulling together a party and giving you a little insight into the Canadian way!
p.s. if you are having trouble seeing the images at this size – simply click not the image and it will bring you to the larger size!
The 2nd page is all about planning here are their tips :
- Plan guest list carefully.
- Complete guest list early so you know how many to plan for.
- Write your plan on paper!
- Decide on a Theme.
- Plan Menu one week before, and don’t make anything you haven’t prepared before.
- Do Party shopping far enough ahead.
- Prepare as much food ahead as possible.
- Position beverage bar away from area where food is served.
- Use one large dramatic decor instead of multiple small ones.
- As the hostess you are responsible for keeping the party moving!
The Final two pages in the introductory section give you all the fine dining tips of a beer connoisseur so that you will never mistakenly serve it incorrectly. Here are a few of the tips :
- Serve ale and lager in attractive beer glasses, the Stein is more suitable for outdoors or game room parties where everyone is on the move.
- Beer should be served at a temperature from 42 to 45 degrees, normally you will find this temperature on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.
- For smoother, more enjoyable beer it should be poured with a proper head. Hold the glass upright and allow the beer to splash down the centre of the glass. If the head builds up too rapidly, decrease the flow. If the head is not growing fast enough, hold the bottle perpendicularly over the glass and allow the remainder to splash down and froth around.
- Beer glasses should never be washed with soap since the fat from soap leaves invisible traces on the glass which will cut down the beer head. After washing in hot water with detergent, the beer glass should be rinsed in cold water and turned upside down to drain. Some connoisseurs even insist on finishing glasses in a hot water and salt solution, then in clear water – then drain dry without wiping.
Now that you are all prepped and ready to get down to Party Planning, here are a couple of beer related pieces to get you on your way to hosting the most fabulous party!
Can’t go wrong with some classic 60s amber beer glasses.
(click the images to go to their etsy page!)
A lovely bakelite bottle opener for all opening all of your beer bottles with class and dignity!
And finally this lovely pewter stein ice canteen, would look lovely as a piece for your barware set.
Well that’s all for now folks! Until my next installment – have fun party prepping!