Well, the Holiday Season is upon us. Whether I have to drag you kicking and screaming and inject you with season cheer. Or if you’ve had your finger on the Christmas tree lights while wearing your reindeer antlers. It’s here. Alas! Now me, I’m a holiday person. Pumpkin pie, dress the turkey, trim the tree, hang the stockings. Yes to all of it! But once the holiday is over-I’m over it. The next day: Tree-gone! Lights on the house-gone! Let’s not dwell and start thinking about the new year. But while it is here, I really do enjoy every moment of it. So this year one of the ways we’re going to enjoy it is by having some friends over for a Craft Beer Tasting Party!
Santa likes craft beer as much as I do! Or I inadvertently placed that there.
Usually when we have a party it’s BYOB and a dish to pass. Which is great as the host I only have to come up with one dish and also get to try all the great food that our friends make. This year I’m making Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip. It’s a dish that I see on almost every brew pub menu so it’s a great appetizer for this party. Let’s get cooking. Or stirring, because it’s that simple. Cook the spinach to package directions and make sure it’s strained. Mix all other ingredients together up until the shredded cheese. Split half into the mixture. Put dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Like I said, party perfect!
For the ultimate craft beer party a tasting set is key. It gives guests a unique way to experience craft beer. Each glass contains a tasting marker for what beer goes best with what glass. These also make spectacular Christmas gifts for the Craft Beer Lover in your life.
Since we are having a craft beer party I thought I would throw out the usual BYOB for this party and call it the ‘Sixer Mixer’. Bring a six pack of beer for all to share. Some like IPA’s, some like Hefeweizen. Some like Pilsners, some like Stouts. Beer has a unique talent of finding just the right one for you. Plus this beer sharing goes perfectly with the fun game that we’re playing, Brew Haha! Can you get creative enough to beat your friends?
And finally what is a party without music? Hook up the Friday Afternoon Speaker and crank up the jams. Crack your beer open, tip it over then put the phone in the now available ‘holder’. I highly suggest queuing up some Yelawolf. He is backed up by a Michigan native, maybe you’ve heard of him, Eminem! If you have someone on your gift list that loves music and beer, this would make a great gift.
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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Party On & Happy Holidays!
Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 8 ounces water chestnuts chopped
- 14 ounces spinach, frozen cooked to package directions then drained of all liquid
- 3 ounces artichoke hearts about 1/2 of a 6 ounce jar
- 1/2 cup shredded italian cheese divided
- Combine all ingredients through the shredded Italian cheese. Please 1/2 into the dip.
- Place dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Serve with crackers, bread, or pita crisps. Just don't double dip! Enjoy.