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    Yes, I typically do what happystuff said. There's no way I can read people's minds and guess which of the thousands of beverages there are that they like the best. BYOB makes everyone happy, but I would have just a couple of basics on hand: a white wine, a red wine, a couple of different beers, and water and coffee. I've seen a pretty big drop in soda consumption but seltzer water is pretty popular.
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    Our friends pretty much all drink wine and we do too so we always have plenty around. But for less alcohol inclined friends I’d have flavored sparkling water and maybe sodas if I knew that people drank coke or whatever. Sodas are cheap enough that I wouldn’t personally worry about tossing some at the end of the party.

    As for beer, yes, once it’s been cooled it should stay cool until drunk. Many years ago we did the Budweiser factory tour and I got to be a ‘tasting expert’ at the end. They served up beer that had gotten hot versus beer that had been kept cool. There was an obvious dramatic difference.

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    As for the non-alcoholic offerings, I often get some of the flavored sodas they have at Trader Joe's, Perrier in cans, and Le Croix sodas which anyone under 30 tends to like.

    For the alcoholic drinks, I have beer, wine, and maybe some gin or vodka and tonic and limes. But I think it's perfectly acceptable to ask people to bring what they like to drink.

    I'm big on cans for tonic and soda - that way, you don't have to pour a lot of fizzy stuff that's gone flat down the drain!

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    On a hot summer day a big pitcher of cold iced tea sounds good on the non-alcohol list and a little more special than sodas. I understand some of the zero alcohol beers are pretty good these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    Our friends pretty much all drink wine and we do too so we always have plenty around. But for less alcohol inclined friends I’d have flavored sparkling water and maybe sodas if I knew that people drank coke or whatever. Sodas are cheap enough that I wouldn’t personally worry about tossing some at the end of the party.

    As for beer, yes, once it’s been cooled it should stay cool until drunk. Many years ago we did the Budweiser factory tour and I got to be a ‘tasting expert’ at the end. They served up beer that had gotten hot versus beer that had been kept cool. There was an obvious dramatic difference.
    Thanks for confirming that Colbert needs to always be cold or should probably be dumped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Thanks for confirming that Colbert needs to always be cold or should probably be dumped.

    Is that Stephen Colbert?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    Is that Stephen Colbert?
    How did beer turn into Colbert?

    oh right,
    “cold beer. “

    that’s funny, I think I’ll leave it and not correct it.

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    As an aside, I am intimidated by entertaining in general, so I don't do it.

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