My (Angie’s) husband has a great appreciation for good craft beer and has dabbled in home brewing. So for his 30th birthday, it only made sense that we would have a beer themed party. Or more specifically, a brats and beer brew bash.
My goal for the evening was to create an industrial gastropub feel for our guests. I decorated with lots of brick and galvanized steel, along with wheat in beer bottles and posters from from my husband’s favorite brewery, Dogfish Head. On our beer table I used my husband’s brewing equipment to decorate with and hold bottles of beer. We found a really cool beer varieties poster from Pop Chart Lab, and from that I designed chalkboard printables (banner, posters, food labels) that coordinated. We gave custom coasters as favors. Finally, I used a bunch of garlands–I found the pointing finger one on Etsy (link below), and made the bottle top and beer glass garlands.
The food was seriously so good! We went to Bob’s Country Meats & Deli, to taste test and choose our bratwurst (they have an amazing selection). With our brats we served caramelized onions, sauerkraut and a variety of mustards. My foodie friend, Gary, helped out with making the roasted brussel sprouts with garlic aioli, baked pickles, and cheesy bacon chips. I also made sure to include a lot of snacky items, like pretzels (soft and hard), trail mix, and peanuts, to help offset all the alcohol.
But my very favorite part of the evening was dessert! With the help of a friend, I made four different gourmet beer cupcakes. In searching for beer cupcake recipes, I just happened to come across Misty, the owner Pubcakes down in San Diego. She creates gourmet craft beer cupcakes and had just started selling her cupcake mixes online. So instead of driving down to San Diego to get her cupcakes (which I was very tempted to do), I just had her ship me a few boxes. And they were perfect. I won’t say how many cupcakes I ended up eating.
Finally, we served a variety of craft beer. We provided a bunch of growlers from one of our favorite local breweries, Wolf Creek, and told guests they could bring a bottle or two of their favorite. We then provided tasting charts for those wanting to try out the different varieties available.
Planning, Decor, Printables, Posters: Smash Cake SoCal | Photography: Blyss Photography | Coasters: Product 80
Cupcakes: Pubcakes | Bratwurst: Bob’s Country Meats | Pointing Finger Banner: Sunny By Design