Preliminary Beer Tasting Presentation
So… My first Preliminary Beer tasting presentation went well… What a relief! I went first because I just wanted to get it over with, and it’s great that I did.
The beers I choose were both European lagers: Kozel Premium Lager and Munich Hofbrau Helles Lager. After me, it only got serious with Weiss beers, Rauchbeer, Porters and IPA’s. We had a nice gradation in styles and tasting notes, from lightest to fullest.
When I started, I could feel my voice trembling, but I calmed down after a couple of minutes and I was fine. While preparing for Beer presentation, I timed myself and tried to say everything within 10 minutes.
After each presentation, Roger will share his observations and tell you what you should work on, and what was great. Honestly, I was surprised when Roger told me that I did an amazing job.
As someone who used to work in Public Relations and who trained people for public speaking, I know exactly where and when I made mistakes, but this was a completely new setting. My biggest fear was not to say something stupid or misuse a word… I thought that because English is not my first language it will be harder if I get stuck… In the end, no one cares if you have an accent, as long as you get the message across to people.
This trial version wasn’t marked. It was just to let the bugs out, as Roger said.We are evaluated for:
- Introduction – say something about yourself, what you do, why you choose to learn more about beer…
- Eye contact – have to make eye contact with the entire room, not look down, or just on one side
- Volume –
- Pace – not to fast, not to slow
- Intonation –
- How prepared we were –
- Confidence –
As for the Category:
- Brand details
- Historical notes
- Other interesting facts
- And beer notes:
- Appearance, Aroma, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish.
Next time we will be marked for the Beer Tasting presentations. We will draw the styles out of the hat 🙂 Can’t wait to see what style I’m going to pick… Or will the style pick me? 🙂 I said that even if I pick something that I don’t personally drink, or like, I will still do it because it’s a great opportunity to learn more about a history of a certain style, breweries, etc.