Session beers like PBRs and Budweisers certainly have their place in the fridge. But it’s also great to enjoy different craft beers every once in a while to see the full range of flavors beer is capable of.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
Beer tasting parties are one of the hottest trends in 2012, reports the founders of SaveOnBrew.com, the world’s only beer price search engine. Even though craft beer only represents about 6 percent of total sales, there has been a 12.6 percent increase in demand for craft beer cases this year, according to the Beer Institute. Total sales of craft beer topped $98 billion in 2011.
“Every week, we receive emails from craft brew drinkers across America who want to let us know about a new beer to track,” explains SaveOnBrew’s Mark Davidson. “We are the world’s only beer price search engine – like Google for beer – so we’re the go-to resource for finding affordable beer in each zip code.”
Davidson explains that the site is rapidly growing – adding new brewers, beers and retailers – each day. However, it is a challenge to keep up with the pace of all the new microbrews coming out, which is why the site founders encourage beer drinkers and retailers to contact them with beers they’d like to see tracked.
Beer tasting events are one of the ways people are discovering new beers. At $40 - $100 a ticket, these festivals can get expensive. SaveOnBrew founders recommend hosting a beer tasting party at home to save money. Hosts can search SaveOnBrew.com to find which craft beers are on sale that week and begin crafting a food and beer pairing menu around that.
As a general rule, one would pair sweet malty beers with spicy foods. So, for instance, a spicy Chinese food dish like General Tso’s Chicken might taste good with something like New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ale. On the other hand, a bitter-tasting beer like Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale might go well with a rich, hearty food like a burger or cheesy Mexican enchiladas. Beer tasters sampling a sour beer like Cascade Kriek Ale can pair their brew with something salty like a mushroom quiche.
At SaveOnBrew’s blog, readers can get links to beer tasting paperwork and tips on gathering the right props for a beer-themed party. They’ll also be able to download a helpful food and beer pairing chart. Searching the website’s database for local beer sales and lowest advertised prices can save beer tasting hosts a ton of money on the party.
“Session beers like PBRs and Budweisers certainly have their place in the fridge,” explains Davidson. “But it’s also great to enjoy different craft beers every once in a while to see the full range of flavors beer is capable of. We’re just starting to learn that we don’t need to rely on imports to find a quality beer. Small, independent brewers are producing mind-blowing tastes right here in America. So why not host your own beer tasting party to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?”
More information can be discovered at SaveOnBrew.com.
About SaveOnBrew.Com: Founded in 2010 to help thirsty beer drinkers across the United States find the lowest advertised prices for one of the world’s most popular beverages.