RBC First Beer Tasting

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 3 comments

Behind the bar

Behind the bar

During the Rincón Plaza Art Walk this past Thursday, Rincón Beer Company made its debut! Although last-minute, the event went well. Sage had two beers ready for sampling: Sandy Blond Ale and Overhead IPA. We passed out free samples of each, along with comment cards for people to rate the flavor, mouthfeel, and general taste of the beer. We were excited to get some feedback on our product, albeit a bit nervous to put it out there in the world!

Sage serving

Sage serving

Once we learned about the Art Walk, Sage came up with the idea to do a beer tasting there. We talked to our friend Anthony, who owns an art gallery/workshop on the plaza called Taller Caribe, about setting up in his space during the event. Anthony was down with it, so the work began! To prepare, we packed up almost all of Sage’s bottled beer. He has a rotating system, so a couple beers are always in the works. We took pretty much everything that was ready to drink, about 200 beers.

Naomi serving

Naomi serving

After lugging all that beer up the steps from our basement to the car in blue plastic totes (ugh!), we went to Taller Caribe to unload, get ice, and set up for the tasting. The event started at 6 pm, when people started trickling in, and by 8:30 we were completely out of beer! The IPA was much more popular and sold out by 8:00. We offered both small samples, which were free, and 12-oz bottles, for a suggested donation of $3. Eventually we ran out of 12-oz bottles to sell, so we started pouring cups from the 22-oz bottles that we had.  We found that almost everyone was super supportive and gave at least $3, and sometimes more, to support their local microbrewery. What a great community we live in! We got some great feedback, and Sage had the opportunity to chat with some local homebrewers a bit too.

Not a bad crowd

Not a bad crowd

We did learn a few things: be sure signage is laminated or somehow waterproof, as it WILL get wet; the more bottle openers, the better; wear comfortable shoes; and don’t stress too much– take time to enjoy! Also, no matter how good your signage is to describe the beers, there will always be someone who asks for a can of Medalla Light.

Once we ran out of beer, we were free to experience some of the evening’s events. The/Uncharted/Studio had their grand re-opening in their new space, celebrating with live music and good vibes. There were tons of people hanging out on the plaza, enjoying the music and spending time together. Overall, I’d say the night was a success!