This past saturday, we hosted the 1st Annual PHX BrewParty. Having gotten into brewing my own beer over the past year as a way to combine two of my interests, creativity & beer, we discovered that a lots of our friends were into the idea as well.Â Never wanting to miss a chance to spur the creativity of others (or to take advantage of a perfect creative party idea) we decided to throw a party that would showcase how good homebrewed beer can be, spur a little friendly competition between friends who brew, and spread a little community spirit along the way.
Well, now that the party is behind us, here’s some of the observations:
– it was good
– we had a really good and diverse mix of people (neighbors, friends, friends of neighbors, etc)
– we had some good music. My friend, Dee, and some of his DJ friends, brough it and it kept the party lively and fun.
– the beers were good – the Cream Ale took the prizes, but every beer was different, good, and consumed (we ran out of beer early)
– the labels were great – (having designers brew beer keeps the aestetic high)
– having a front yard party is the way to go – something about it being out IN the neighborhood breaks down the barriers of who IS and who ISN’T invited
– parties should be judged on their ability to unite people who don’t normally rub shoulders and by how well they capture a spirit of hospitality and community. (This is why we LOVE the throw parties)
– We love our neighborhood and the people we share life and proximity with.
– Everyone REALLY seemed to have a good time.Â People hung around for a long time.Â it was really good.
For those who missed it, here are some photos and videos to give you an idea of what it all looked/felt like:
BrewParty ‘08 Photos via Flickr
BrewParty ‘08 from Zack Newsome on Vimeo..
BrewParty ‘08 from Zack Newsome on Vimeo.