The month of love has us all scrambling for the perfect date night idea. But who says you should only focus your efforts on one night of the year? You don’t need an excuse to treat your other half to a night of wooing. You need even less of an excuse to include craft beer in your romantic plans. Who doesn’t love a little romance while savouring the invigorating tang of a well-brewed draft? In the spirit of Valentine’s month, we’re going to help you get on your partner’s good side with a few beer-inspired date night ideas. Good luck!
While picking up the phone to book a table is the easiest way to organise date night, everyone appreciates the sentiment of a home-cooked meal. And if you both love craft beer, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative in the kitchen. One of the first ways to elevate your dinner date is by pairing each course with a particular beer – like a wine pairing, but better! With our five flavoursome brews to choose from, it’s a piece of cake finding one for each course, yes even dessert (pick The Fes, his caramel undertones and chocolate make the perfect pair). We’ve jotted down a few ideas in our blog on how to pair food and beer – give it a glance for some inspiration.
The second way to enrich your meal with the fruity flavours of our craft beers is by using them in the cooking process. You heard us – cook with your beer. There are plenty of tasty main dishes which include a splash of your favourite brew, but the real winner of any romantic menu has to be the dessert. Luckily, beer-inspired desserts are a real thing, and delicious. From beeramisu to beer brownies, beer-spiked chocolate sauce and even candied bacon, the possibilities are endless.
No one said date night had to be a formal affair at a five-star restaurant surrounded by candles. You can have plenty of fun in your own backyard, especially if you’ve filled your bar fridge with our tasty brews. And we’re betting if you both love craft beer, you’ll enjoy unleashing your playful side with some creative beer-inspired game ideas. After all, you know what they say – couples who play together, stay together. If nothing else, it’s a great excuse to bust out the plastic cups and challenge your other half to a competitive round of beer pong.
But, if you want to be more inventive, you can surprise your partner with a blind beer tasting and see how well you both know our brew crew. All you need is our selection of craft beers, which are available at local retailers (except The Rebel which is exclusive to the Deli), a brown paper bag for each bottle and some clear shot glasses. Place each bottle in a brown bag, making sure you’re able to pour a taster without knowing which beer is which. Number the bags and assign a corresponding shot glass so you can identify the beers afterwards. Using the descriptions of our beers as a guide, guess away and see which of you knows the taste of our brews best.
Don’t limit your thinking to date ‘night’ – any time of the day works for a romantic rendezvous. Coffee date, picnic in the park, afternoon hike – think outside of the box. The best date ideas are the ones where you can chill, relax and share your love doing something you both enjoy. Luckily, for the couple who loves each other and craft beer, we’ve got the perfect weekend date idea. Yes, you guessed it – visiting the 1000 Hills Brewery and Yes Chef Deli. Our chef students whip up mouthwatering meals from scratch while you sit back and relax under the trees. What better way to enjoy each other’s company than over an artisanal sharing platter and a few refreshing brews, not to mention the panoramic views of the scenic Valley of 1000 Hills.
And, if you’re looking to spice up the date, start with a free tour of the brewery and complimentary tasting. That way, you’ll know exactly which flavour to order for lunch.
Are you ready to plan your afternoon date at the Deli? We’re open Friday to Sunday from 8:30 am until 4 pm. Take a peek at our menu here to start planning your lunch order.