Monday, June 11, 2018

Throw a Beer Tasting Party for Dad

Courtesy of Abigail Barnes

Hi Friends,

Dad's Day Party Table

Show Dad how much you love him by throwing a rustic-themed beer tasting party, complete with his favorite snacks, beer and games. Give it a customized look with a plaid paper banner and food labels, twine-covered bottles and specialty beers for guests to try.

Beer Tasting Station

Set up a tasting station and label the different types of beer with simple plaid tags. To attach the tags, tie them around the beer bottle necks with twine for a rustic look. Make a game of it by turning over the tags and having guests guess which type of beer they're tasting.

Galvanized Buckets

Galvanized buckets are great for serving chips, ice or drinks. Tie plaid fabric or burlap around the center of them so they match the rustic theme.

Pub Pretzels

Give the party a pub atmosphere with typical menu items Dad loves eating at his favorite bar. Serve pub-style pretzels — an easy, tasty snack that tastes great with beer.

Popcorn Containers

Label food containers - make your own by gluing plaid-patterned scrapbook paper to plain containers and stamping letters on them. Customize the containers by putting "Dad," your dad's name or "Happy Father's Day" on them.

Plaid Bunting

To make a budget-friendly garland, tear up your dad's old plaid shirts and tie them in bows on a long piece of twine. Wrap it around the beer tasting table or hang it over a doorway.

Game Labels

A party isn't complete without a few competitive games. Designate specific areas indoors or out for your dad's favorite drinking games, and make sure to have signs so people know where to play.

Budget-Friendly Decor

Label and decorate everything, including the beer bucket, so the party has a cohesive look. Wrap buckets, tables, chairs and other items with burlap to continue the rustic theme.

Blue Moon Cupcakes

Combine two delicious treats — beer and cupcakes — into one. The main ingredient in these cupcakes is Blue Moon beer, which adds an orange-amber flavor to the dessert. Top it with an orange slice for an extra fruity twist and printable "Happy Father's Day" cupcake toppers. Here are the cupcake instructions...

Beer Cupcake Recipe
The main ingredient in this cupcake recipe is Blue Moon beer, which gives it a tangy twist.

Materials Needed: Ingredients
Yield: 18-20 cupcakes
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Blue Moon beer
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • orange slices for garnishing
Orange Blue Moon Buttercream Frosting
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons Blue Moon beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare your muffin tins with paper liners. In a large bowl, use a whisk to mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add your eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.

  3. Add the vanilla, Blue Moon beer, milk and orange zest. Mix until combined, scraping the sides when needed.

  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix. Scoop batter into cupcake liners, and bake for 20 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool.

  5. For the frosting, mix together butter and about half of the powdered sugar with an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Add fresh orange juice, Blue Moon beer, orange zest and remaining powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. If your frosting is too runny, add more powdered sugar a small amount at a time until you get desired consistency. If frosting is too stiff, add milk, one tablespoon or less at a time.

  6. To make the orange garnish, cut ends off of a whole orange and cut into wedges. Place atop finished cupcake.
If a handmade Father's Day gift just doesn't cut it anymore, throw Dad this beer tasting party with his favorite drinks, food, games and friends.

Enjoy the party!

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