Throwing a beer theme party is an excellent way to jazz up the summer party scene for those over the age of 21. Don’t limit yourself to just serving beer, though — here are some helpful tips for creating a unique party that you and your buddies will be talking about long after it’s over.
Beer Theme Party Foods
1. Beer and Cheese Fondue
Fondue is a tasty way of serving beer outside of its traditional form. Search beer and cheese fondue recipes on social media, cooking shows, or the Internet for a recipe that suits your fancy. Prepare the fondue and serve with rye bread, meatballs, or an assortment of fruits and vegetables.
2. Beer Brats
Bratwursts are a summertime food staple, and submerging them in beer before putting them on the grill is a great twist to the traditional bratwurst. For the best flavor, cook bratwursts in a light domestic beer. Serve with homemade coleslaw, substituting vinegar for honey/fruit-infused ale in the slaw dressing.
3. Beer Chocolate Cake
You can switch up your everyday chocolate cake recipe by using a rich stout beer instead of milk or water. Any stout will work, but try using a chocolate stout for an added touch. There are tons of recipes online that can be used, all a little different from the next.
4. Beer Bread
Beer bread can be a terrific addition to a number of meals, notably beef stew and soups. It can also be used as an appetizer with ranch dip, vegetable spread, or hummus. Helpful hint: the darker the beer, the more flavorful the bread will be.
Beer Theme Party Games and Activities
5. Beer Tasting
Any beer enthusiast would love to have a beer tasting at their party. Choose beers with varying degrees of malt concentrations and hops. You can take the beer tasting in a number of different directions — introduce beers from local breweries, outline the differences in commercial beers, or provide a sample of imported beers. If done at a brewery, they can help organize and recommend different beers.
6. Brewery Education
If you have the option, take your guests on location to a brewery for a beer brewing process tour. Most breweries provide samples to guests throughout the tour. You can start out with a brewery tour and then take your group to the party location, or the brewery may even have a space where you can host your party.
7. Beer Pong
This classic beer game is a college favorite! This is a team game based on ping pong principles. To play beer pong, make teams of two players each. Then, have the teams stand on either side of a table. Form a 10-cup pyramid on each side of the table, the point of the pyramid being on the side closest to the middle of the table. To start the game, each team should try to toss a ball into the opposing team’s cup. When a player lands a ball in one of the cups, a teammate from the other team must drink a glass of beer.
8. Flip Cup
Another college classic, this game also consists of two teams on opposite sides of a table. Each player should have a cup of beer in front of them. The game starts with the first person on each team chugging their beer until the cup is empty. Next, they should try to flip their empty cups upside down. When they are successful, the next person in line downs their beer and also tries to flip their cup. The team who finishes flipping their cups first wins.
9. Bottle Opening Contest
Have a contest of the most creative ways to open a beer bottle. The only rule of the game is that you cannot use a bottle opener!
Beer Theme Party Favors
10. Bottle of Beer
Giving away bottles of your favorite beer can be a welcome present for guests to take home and enjoy. Some breweries will let you personalize beer bottle labels to be specific to your party.
11. Bottle Opener
There are several websites on the Internet where you can order different kinds of bottle openers in bulk – pick one with your favorite beer on it for guests to take home. For an added touch, get the bottle openers personalized.
12. Beer Dessert
Prepare a beer-infused dessert, such as beer cake or beer bread, and wrap up individual portions in fun goody bags for guests to take with them.
13. Beer Posters
Purchase some beer-themed posters and tie them up with some ribbons for a fun party favor.
14. Beer Koozies
Koozies and beer go hand in hand. Get creative and customize your koozies with your guests’ faces or inside jokes. Whatever design you decide on, it’s a great party favor to remember the night by.
Beer Theme Party Decorations
15. Bar-Style Setup
To create the atmosphere of a tavern or a pub, set up the room bar-style with a bar alongside one wall. Have high bar-height tables and barstools spread out throughout the party area, so guests feel as if they’re inside a real bar!
16. Beer Garland
For a fun DIY project, try creating your own beer garland. Cut various colored pieces of cardstock into the shape of beer bottles and string them through a piece of twine. Or, purchase a premade beer garland here.
17. Beer Bottle Caps
There are several ways that you can use bottle caps as decoration — you could make coasters out of them, fill a bowl with them to use as a centerpiece, or you could punch holes in them and place them on strings for a decorative garland to hang up around the party area.
A beer theme party can be a fun and easy way to celebrate your upcoming occasion. Hopefully, this list has helped you plan the perfect event! Don’t forget to check back with us when planning your future parties at https://easyeventplanning.com/local-vendors/
Written by Stephanie Castillo and Vanessa Marsocci
Edited by Becky Smith