I have a big 3L bottle of Chimay Gran Reserve for the party. I'm also going to fill my party pig with an ESB for sort of a cask option, so that will give the craft drinkers bold enough to drink room temperature, under-carbonated beer something to drink. However, I think I could use a little more beer and something more widely appealing.
I know there's several usual go-to beers suggested but I've struck, or at least put on the bottom of the list, several for one reason or another:
- Simple blonde ale - it would be a fine choice and probably the most widely drank across the crowd but as I said, I don't want to end up with a lot of that left behind. I guess it's still on the table since it's an option that works but I would rather not.
- Hefeweizen - a good option on its own but a lot of people, both craft and non-craft drinkers, don't like hefeweizen. I've also had a rough go at trying to lock down the right yeast profile, so I would rather not find myself in the position of trying to force that beer on people.
- Lagers: nice idea but I haven't made a lager and it seems like the wrong time to try it.
- Belgian blonde - a better option than a generic blonde ale but I know a lot of people aren't huge fans of the Belgian flavor.
- Stout - a fine option for craft drinkers, but non-craft drinkers think of stout as a very acrid, filling beer and probably wouldn't drink very much. Porter is probably struck for the same reason.
- English brown ale - another simple option that I don't want to get stuck with at the end of the night. I would keep it as an option but it would be too much like the ESB so people who drink the ESB probably won't want to drink the brown ale, too.
- Pale ale - too hoppy for non-craft drinkers.
- Kolsch - similarly probably too hoppy for non-craft drinkers.
- American wheat - a not-too-hoppy American wheat would be a reasonable option with enough flavor for craft drinkers to enjoy but not too much for non-craft drinkers.
- Amber ale - similarly, an amber would be a good option but I'd be afraid it would be too similar to the ESB in flavor.
- Alt - I like a good alt but it's pretty much an amber ale so I don't know if it would be drank a lot with the ESB sitting over there. I don't know, maybe I am overthinking who will drink the ESB.
- Blonde/Belgian Blonde - still on the table, although I'd rather not.
So what do you think? What goes over well with your non-craft drinking friends that doesn't bore your craft drinking friends to tears? Leave comments and let me know what I should do.