Bottle Share Etiquette Series: Leading Up to the Bottle Share

Did you get your first invite to a Bottle Share?

Not sure what to do with your hands?

The Craft Beer Community is well known for hosting bottle shares, it gives drinkers a chance to try new beers that they wouldn’t have been able to get in stores or new beers that just came out. While some may be seasoned veterans, for others it can be a daunting task.

We’re here to help you at #youratxbottleshop, so sit back, open a beer, and get ready for class!

Leading Up to the Bottle Share:
As a first timer, it’s important to check in with the host to see what types of beer will be shared for the evening. Sometimes it’ll have a theme or style, and sometimes it’s a free for all. In the end, you don’t want to show up to a share with a Miller High Life at a Barrel Aged Share, or ever for that matter…

– If there’s an event page for the share, check it to see what people are bringing, and post what you plan to bring. This will keep duplicates from occurring, which isn’t all that bad, but you want to try a myriad of beers, and not the same one. The only exception is when it’s different years of the same beer, ie: Saint Arnold Pumpkinator Vertical.

– It’s important to bring a beer you’re excited about, don’t bring just any beer. Bring something you want other people to try! This is your chance to show off a region or brewery you like.

– If you have a beer cellar, awesome! Bring one of those. If not, and you need to grab a bottle, stop by your local bottleshop to pick up something you’re excited about. See above.

– When attending a share, make sure you either bring a 22oz bomber, 750mL bottle, or 2-12oz beers. This will ensure that there is enough beer for everyone. It’s acceptable to bring a 500mL bottle, but the pours will be much smaller.

– Eat a good hearty meal before you show up to the bottleshare, this will help you in the long run. Or if the place you’re at provides food, order something from them to show your support.


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