Board games and craft breweries go together like peanut butter and jelly. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve done a Barebottle and Settlers of Catan session with friends. But what if you could combine that love of board games and craft beer into one addictingly fun yet educational entity?! Look no further, Unlabeled has you covered.

On the surface, the idea is pretty straightforward. You want to blind taste several beers that have been chosen at random and guess what the beer type is. However, the true beauty of this game is that you can play it with any “level” of beer drinker. Whether you are training for your Cicerone certification or are someone who drinks a Coors every chance you can get, you still have a chance to win the game.

I absolutely love this game and would recommend it for any social gathering with three or more people. It’s fun, educational, competitive, a quick play (easily get through a session in ~30 minutes), and the rules are easy to pick up on. 

It’s all in the point setup. You’re rewarded with an increasing number of points for how specific you are (as long as you’re correct!). For example, guessing “IPA” only gets you two points while guessing “Double IPA” gets you three if you’re right. But, if you guess something too specific and you’re only partially correct (e.g., “Double IPA” when it’s actually an “Standard American IPA”), you’ll be dropped to one point. In that case, just guessing “IPA” would have yielded you more points. 

And the most casual drinkers needn’t worry! If you’re completely stumped you can guess either a range of alcohol content (e.g., 4-6% vs. 6-8%, etc.) or fermentation type (e.g., lager vs. ale vs. wild, etc.) that gets you one point if your guess is accurate. Same point total as your “know it all” friend that oversteps their bounds ;).

So if you’re looking for a way to learn a bit more about beer, a present for a beer enthusiast, to stay casually competitive with some close friends, or just looking for something to do during quarantine (yes, you can play over Zoom!), this satisfies it all. 

Cheers to you, Unlabeled!