So last year I hosted my first-ever bottleshare and it was pretty fun. I hosted another in the spring, and have been to a few here and there, including one yesterday. I filmed our tasting notes at my first two bottleshares, which you can see in these YouTube videos:
There's actually something of a competitive nature to bottleshares. My friends and I try to one-up each other and see who can bring the rarest or most highly-acclaimed beer. So far, my best contributions have been Three Floyds Dark Lord and Westvletren 12 (I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to top these).
The best part about bottleshares is that everyone gets to try something they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to (i.e. too expensive, too difficult to acquire, or just weren't interested in or aware of). That's not to say that every bottle at one of these events is fantastic. In fact, there's been plenty of clunkers I've encountered. These tend to be novelty beers like those that come in big pink bottles, or vintages that don't age well. And sometimes a beer just doesn't live up to the hype.
Considering the audience for this blog, I don't need to tell you how awesome bottleshares are. If you've never been to one, I highly recommend you attend or organize an event yourself. In the meantime, I'd like to get a discussion going about bottleshares:
- Do you bottleshare? Why or why not?
- What's been the rarest or most highly-acclaimed beer you've been able to try at a bottleshare?
- What's been the most pleasantly surprising beer?
- What's been the most disappointing beer?
- What kind of food do you pair with a bottleshare?
- How many beers do you sample during an average bottleshare and over what length of time?
- Are there any downsides to a bottleshare?