While on vacation in the Poconos we did several beer flight tastings. I fell in love with the slate serving trays at Gem and Keystone. I started searching locally and on line because they were one of those, I MUST HAVE items. Unsuccessful at locating them any locally and online I find I am too cheap. Well today at Lowes I found the perfect alternative. 5 slate tiles on clearance for $7.96. They are perfect. And so beer flights this afternoon,anyone interested.I mean it is getting close to Octoberfest.
This was originally posted October 13, 2013 after our trip to Shawnee on the Delaware but truly only included the DIY portion not the inspiration, in other words a very sad little post. Hope this is a tad more enjoyable.
Flights of Beer At Gem and Keystone
Figured I should flashback a tad bit to our visit to the Gem and Keystone Brewery, at Shawnee in the Delaware. I mean without a flashback how could I truly show you the amazing slate beer trays for their flights. Truly isn’t it brilliant, fun slate trays and colourful chalk make for a unique tasting experience. The only think cooler would be fun fonts. (a project next on my list).
DIY Slate Beer Flights Boards
My fascination with beer flights and fun twists on serving food has not lessened over the years. The slate trays seemed like such a fun way of not just serving but educating on the beers being served. Now my dilemma always centers around costs, an inherently cheap gal at times, ok most times. Ordering the flights online was crazy about 35.00 a flight. Now that may not seem like an exorbitant amount of money but when you want 4-6 well seems a lot for a fun tasting.
The slate tiles from Lowes were a perfect substitute. They are slightly narrower but that makes it easy for carrying. There is plenty of room for three to four small glasses, remember its a flight so 4 oz glasses are perfect. Ironically after I got the trays the beer glasses then became elusive. Perseverance paid off and I found some at Lee Valley, go figure.
Create your own Slate Beer Tasting Kits
I could not believe how easy it was to create my own tasting kit. And to think I spent so much time shopping unsuccessfully or cheaping out on a good substitute. Have you ever created your own beer flight kit? Do you like having beer tasting events? Obviously Kent and I are fans, so being able to recreate our on-the-road experiences at home for others is a bonus.
Share your DIY Beer Tasting with me please.