Blend night at the watering hole in Whole Foods Chandler was a huge success. While there were certainly aspects of the event that were criticized (sorry folks, you can’t please everyone all the time) the general consensus was that people were having a good time and enjoying some good beer. And isn’t that what a Friday night is for?
For those who weren’t able to make it out to the event, (and for those who were there but can’t quite recall what was poured) here is the list of the blends that were presented along with their pouring ratios and the names that we Brew Bros have devised for them:
Inebriator w/ Crispin (25÷75) = Crispinator
Deviant Dales w/ Inebriator (75÷25) = Devil Dog
Peche w/White Chocolate (60÷40) = Decadent Peach
Apricot w/Old Rasputin (60÷40) = Great Ape
Alt w/ Wookey Jack (50÷50) = Chewbaca
Obviously palates differ so it is tough to say which blend was the favorite amongst the crowd but I noticed a lot of positive feedback on the Drunken Brownie blend and the attached “Unofficial Poll” confirms that was one of the favorites. We were very much aware during the progression of creating this event that blending beers is a controversial subject amongst craft beer enthusiasts. The main argument against the concept of blending craft beer is that it is not what the brewers intended, so why mess with a good thing? We try to concentrate on positivity and creativity. Because like any subject of controversy, there exists two sides to the argument. Here’s a bit of insight into the positive side… some beers like Yin and Yang were specifically designed by the brewers to be blended. Furthermore, most professional brewers I’ve spoken with just want folks to buy and enjoy their beer. So long as you aren’t in Oregon (no offense intended toward those who don’t fit into this category, but some beer drinkers/servers up there can be a bit uppity), you shouldn’t come across much hate and discontent for trying out some blends of your own design. While I’ve personally enjoyed blends like Black/Tan and Snakebite in the past, blending craft beer is relatively new to me. The first time I discovered that this was happening, I was at the Phoenix Ale Brewery. One of the brewers (that’s right, I said one of the brewers) asked George to pour their watermelon wheat with their imperial porter. I tried it. And the concoction was quite delicious. The attendees at Whole Foods seemed to have the same open-mindedness and it made for quite an enjoyable atmosphere.
|Full Sail Alt Beer/Wookey Jack — Chewbacca||16||1||2|
|White Chocolate/Inebriator = Drunken Brownie||30||3|
|Inebriator/Crispin = Cripsinator||16||7||1|
|Peach/White Chocolate = Decadent Peach||16||8||4|
|Apricot/ Old Rasputin = Great Ape||23||9|
|Deviant Dales/Inebriator — Devil Dog||15||12|
We would like to thank James Swann and Jon Ziegler from the watering hole for their collaborative efforts (seeing them behind their bar on a busy night is like an orchestra of awesome), and we would also like to thank all of the people who made it to the event, for making it so special for us. I’d be remiss if I didn’t welcome back fellow Brew Bro, Justin (so there you go buddy). Welp, that’s enough parenthesis for one article. We will have plenty more pictures posted on Facebook as well.
Semper Fi. Prost! Cheers mate. And whatever other shenanigans glasses can be charged by.