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Modern Beer Tasting Birthday Party

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beer tasting 30th birthday party

You had me at “Beer Here“…and I’m just loving everything about this BEER TASTING birthday party by Ashley. The concept is so simple, but super fun! What a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday and sample a bunch of unique beers all at the same time!

From the cool signage and pub food, to the amazing bottle cap cake – (great minds think alike, I had a similar cake made for my hubby’s 29th birthday!) – to the fully stocked drink stations, Ashley incorporated every guy’s favorite things: BEER and FOOD. She obviously knows the way to a man’s heart!

beer tasting 30th birthday party

Read on for more festive party photos and creative details…

Set up & Tap

Beer Tasting Invitation

beer tasting 30th birthday party

Dessert and Details

Beer Snacks

Empty Bottles


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Ashley…

“I had a beer-tasting party for my husband’s 30th birthday party.

 The concept was simple: guests brought a 6-pack of beer in one of the following categories: ale, lager or stout/dark.

Each station was in a different area of the house, and people were free to try whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Each station was equipped with cups, napkins, a bottle opener, place for beer caps, and a place to take notes about beers they loved or hated. The sample cups gave people the opportunity to pour some of the beer into a cup, instead of drinking the entire bottle. We also had a pony keg of a Kansas City local favorite (Boulevard Wheat) on tap.

We ended up with about 15 different beers at each station, and it was a fabulous time. We plan on turning this party into an annual Octoberfest event!

For food, I did a bunch of bar food type appetizers – buffalo chicken dip, taquitos, jalapeno poppers, chicken enchilada dip, beer dip, etc. Downstairs I did a snack bar with spicy nuts, mixed nuts, pub mix, tobassco popcorn and seasoned oyster crackers. At the dessert bar was cake, mini cupcakes and brownies. The bottle cap cake was rocky road with cookies ‘n’ cream filling. The mini cupcakes were strawberry, lemon, carrot and peanut butter. And the cream cheese brownies were made by my amazing grandmother!

My favorite pictures are from the day after, when we lined up all the empty beer bottles on the bar.”


– Party Styling & Graphic Design: by the party hostess – Ashley!
– Cake & Cupcakes: Cake by Combs
– Napkins:


POSTED BY:Jessica W.JESSICA WILCOX of Modern Moments admits to being kept awake by new creative ideas.

29 responses to “Modern Beer Tasting Birthday Party”

  1. Megan says:

    Ashley, I would like to second Jennifer’s request for the invites, note pad & signage. Please let us know if you are willing to sell copies of these items! Thank you so much!

  2. Nicki says:

    I too would like to request the invites, note pads, and signage! I would be willing to pay for these items, please let us know if you are willing to share these items.

  3. LaNeale Robertson says:

    I am echoing the last few comments. I am doing this party and would love the printables. I am willing to pay as well. Thanks!

  4. Katie says:

    I too am having a beer/pub party for my brother in laws 30th and would be willing to pay for the printables and signage. Has any one found them or has Ashley shared?

  5. Where did you get the glasses that held the popcorn, nuts, pretzels, etc.

  6. Annie says:

    Hi! I love your ideas for a beer party! I found the invitations on Etsy, but where can I find the other signs? Thank you! :)

  7. Debbie Lucio says:

    Great theme! Do you have a link to print out some of the signs you used?

  8. Kelly says:

    We are planning a Beer Tasting Bon Voyage party for my husband… he’ll be gone for 6 MONTHS!!! I love your ideas! Thanks for sharing. Did you create the invites yourself?