We all learned that sharing is caring in preschool, but this is a little bit more specific than that. A bottle share is when you get a few people together and everyone brings bottle of beer that they want to drink and you pass them around so everyone gets a taste. Normally it's something that's hard to find, so you are letting other people have the opportunity to try something they normally wouldn't be able to have. There really isn't a better opportunity to get to try this many unique beers other than a festival.
It's not necessary, but it's cool if you work up a theme to the party. Having all the Stone Vertical Epic beers gets people interested. This bottle share was for a Dark Lord vertical doing 6 years of the insanely good RIS. Parker, a big time beer collector, trader and connoisseur, on the southside was hosting.
Here are some pro tips when trying to figure out what beers to bring:
- The harder it is to find the beer the more people will get excited about it
- Look at the age on the beer, the older it gets the harder it is to find, see rule one
- People get jacked up about beers from other markets, see rule one
- Variants are everyone's favorites! Go for something that has an awesome or crazy twist
- Look for anything that has been in a barrel, barrels are good!
- Bring tasting glasses, or make sure they are provided because it'd be weird if we were all just swigging it straight out of the bottle.
- Bring bottled water to cleanse your pallet and keep you hydrated
- Plan for a DD, you are probably going to be ripped
- Have a spot to showcase your graveyard, because everyone wants pics
- Have fun. My favorite moment was when someone passed around the "Grand Cru" which was a bit of everything we drank for the night
I had a great time and am pumped to do another one.