I’ve been neck deep in grad student conference planning, and I have somehow managed to discover a few things that you may want to learn. If you are inclined to click away from this post, think again. I’m not referring to the latest interpretation of Édouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation. Instead, I’m referring to the stressful world of party planning on a minimal budget. We’re talking small change, friends. The good news is that’s all you need is small change to get a party going with decent beverage flavor.
First thing’s first: the beer. If you’re going for something classier than cans of Rolling Rock and PBR, you’re pretty much looking at a sticker price of $28.99 and up for a 24-pack of beer. A case of Brooklyn Lager will cost you a minimum of $34.99 plus tax. So it turns out that if you swing by the Brooklyn Brewery you can pop into their company store and pick up a case of beer for just $30, tax included. What’s even better, you can request a variety pack and they’ll load you up with 6-packs of their top 4 sellers – a little something to satisfy every discerning palate on your guest list.
And for those (like me) who don’t drink beer, then there’s the wonderful world of BQE wines and liquors. This depot wonderland on Meeker Ave. has the best prices around, but the pièce de résistance (recently discovered) is the Marqués de Riscal Próximo Rioja. For $4.50 a pop you’ll get a nice red wine that no one will suspect cost you under $5 (or over $10, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?).
So there you have it. Fire up the grill and get your spring on!