Its that time of year again and this year forgot the boring office Secret Santa, Hanukkah Harry, Grab Bag or whatever else you usually do and try something completely different – A Holiday Beer Exchange.
I got the idea from my friend Sarah on twitter (she left Twitter) as her office has been doing this for quite sometime and there is even a waiting list for people who want in. This year I am in the process of organizing one in my office and I am looking forward to starting what should become a great tradition.
By now you are probably wondering just what the heck is a Holiday Beer Exchange. Its quite simple, all you need to do is find your craft beer loving co-workers and get a group of 6,12,18 or 24. The reason for those numbers for you non-math wiz’s is because most beer is sold in 6 packs and there are 24 beers in a case.
From there its really quite simple. Here are the rules:
- It must be craftbeer. If someone purchases something not need deemed craft by the group they can be removed the following year. People are usually given a chance to redeem unless they get Bud or Coors that calls for immediate expulsion and no exchange of beers for them.
- Homebrew while nice and in some cases downright delicious, shouldn’t be used for this. Its not in the spirit of the event since others are buying cases of beer.
- Should be 12oz bottles to be fair but if you are feeling generous and want to get bombers or 750s I say go for it.
- Keep track year after year and do not repeat beers. This one can be tricky but keeps things interesting. Suggest setting up a simple spreadsheet of some sort.
After that is clearly set up among your group choose a day for everyone to bring their beer to work. Using stickers number each of your beers with a label on the cap 1-24 and then everyone puts their case down is assigned a number and fills their case with every bottle that has their number. If all is done right in the end you will end up with 24 different beers (or 6 as my first go round might be).
Then sit back and enjoy the beers over time and share with those who took place in the event your thoughts about the different beers.
Have you done something like this? If so let us know in the comments or if you have suggestions share them. Let’s help spread this to as many offices as possible.