This year I had been ill much of the week prior to the party and was concerned that I would have to cancel it. Luckily I was feeling somewhat better by Friday, and had a bit of my voice back. I did need to enlist others to do most of the "official business" talking for the meeting though.
|Jim showing off his Sommelier chops|
We started the meeting with a short presentation about home wine making by Jim T. Jim has been making wines for the last several years and is our resident expert on the methods of doing this. He had fancy pictures of the equipment and action shots of the process for us to see. Most importantly he had a slew of wines for us to try, ranging from the disturbing (banana wine??!!) to the ghetto (Mogan James) to the fabulous (Libfraumilch.) This was a great time to break out this demo since we had a lot of non-beer spouses in attendance. This is the first time we have ever tried to have a presentation at the Holiday party...it went very well, but perhaps got rowdy and loud before Jim could really finish. I blame the strong wines!
|Culinary debauchery: Minnesota style!|
After the talk and some brief announcements about upcoming club events and competitions we headed upstairs to partake of the extreme Minnesota Pot Luck. I do feel cheated without any cocktail weenies, but there were plenty of great things to try. Forgive me if I don't remember a lot of details after the piranha-like feeding frenzy. Tim's Pate made with stout and topped with double IPA aspic was an unusual surprise. A corn pudding was quite tasty and filling. And the Imperial Stout beer-a-misu was a wonderful way to cap off the meal.
|Looks like Alpo; smells like Alpo; tastes like Yum!|
One thing I love about this particular meeting is the outstanding beers that come out to play. Folks tend to bring their big-gun homebrews (Aaron's Galaxy IPA and Tim's Blueberry Lambic come to mind,) and some rare commercial brews are shared in good company. We tried Deschutes Abyss 2008, Alesmith 2010 Anniversary smoked maple barleywine, Ithaca Brut, Surly Four, Steel Toe Wee Heavy, and many, many more.
|"Works every time!"|
|That is NOT root beer!|
|Duct tape crafts!|