The O’Fallon Brewery pumpkin pack is one of my favorite treats when it hits the shelf at Dierbergs during the fall season. These tasty brews will have you looking forward to autumn every year. The popularity of the O’Fallon Pumpkin Pack is so high though, they fly off the shelves shortly after being stocked. Last year I could not find it anywhere. This year I decided to plan ahead reserve a Pumpkin pack and and host a pumpkin beer tasting party because there’s nothing like enjoying the Fall season with your girlfriends.
How to host a pumpkin beer tasting party
- Set a date
- Find a venue
- Contact the venue
- Think about food and drinks
- Have an activity
1. Set A Date:
Talk to your friends and see who is interested in attending and what dates and times work best. I wanted to keep this group to between 6-10 people since I wasn’t having it at my house. This makes it easier to talk to everyone too. I decided 8:00 p.m. was a good time, I wanted to squeeze in a little quality time with my boys after work and have time to freshen up, before heading out.
2. Find a venue:
Many times hosting at your house is the natural option. If you’re like me, hosting a party at my house can be stressful after working all week. Picking a neutral location can make it a lot more enjoyable because you won’t have to worry about getting your house picked up prior to your guests arriving, and cleanup is a snap. The Dierbergs in Des Peres on Manchester Rd. was an ideal location for this party because it features a balcony area by the main entrance, they provide glassware, and every Friday night there’s a live band. Plus, unlike at a restaurant, you won’t have to worry about how long your party runs and if you’re occupying much-needed tables during busy times. Think outside the box when deciding on a venue. It’s more important to get together than to have the perfect setting. Some other options are Park pavilions, Recreation facility, church hall, private rooms or alcoves at restaurants, your neighborhood clubhouse and coffee shops.
3. Contact the venue and find out all the details.
It’s important to note any policies they might have, so you don’t have any snags once you arrive.
4. Think about the food and drinks:
If you love cooking, making your own food items for the party is a great cost-saving approach. However, I literally did one-stop-shopping at Dierbergs for my food and drinks. The beer was not the only item that was pumpkin themed here is what I got:
- O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Beer 12-pack, which included flavors like “Jack O’ Latte”, and “Pumpkin Bread”
- Sweet bakery items: pumpkin gooey butter cake bites, pumpkin cupcakes, and scones. I asked Dierberg’s to put this together for me since I was sticking to a pumpkin theme. They were easy to work with and charged me for the food and a few extra dollars for the platter so just ask them if you want something you don’t see.
5. Have an activity:
I like to have some sort of activity or simple icebreaker, especially if your friends don’t all know each other already. I thought it would be fun to get my friends’ engaged in tasting each beer, so my husband created a pumpkin beer tasting sheet. Then they can make comments and grade each flavor. The results from my tasting had the classic O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer claiming the blue ribbon, and O’Fallon Jack O’ Latte was runner-up.
The food winner was far-and-away pumpkin gooey butter cake bites, followed by pumpkin cupcakes.
So, what’s your favorite pumpkin-themed recipe? Is it a scrumptious sweet item, savory entree, or are you a novice brewer who makes your own pumpkin beer?
Happy Fall everyone!