Second Annual Beers with PIIRS Attracts Alums

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sunny skies, good friends and the sounds of cool, gypsy jazz were the perfect start to "Beers with PIIRS," the Reunions event which invited alumni to sample unique beers and complementary gourmet fare courtesy of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Held on Friday, June 2 under the 1879 Hall Tent, the second annual beer-tasting event attracted hundreds of Reunions goers, with 100 of the first attendees receiving a complimentary pint glass. Beer and wine sommelier Bryan Delendik of the Terroir Group chose the eight beers served during the event that represented the locations to which students are traveling this summer with the PIIRS Global Seminars. Additionally, the beers were brewed and bottled in their country of origin making the beers even more exclusive.

The beers served and their locations included:

Lucky Buddha, China
Mikkeller Green Gold, Denmark
Presidente, Dominican Republic
Weihenstephaner Hefe Weisbier, Germany
Mythos, Greece
Taj Mahal, India
Tusker, Kenya
Baltika Imperial Stout, Russia

Two wines were also available: a Pint Noir, Becker Family, Germany; and a white Tselepos, Mantinia, Moschofilero, from Greece. 

PIIRS Acting Director Mark Beissinger welcomed the group to the event and shared information about PIIRS, its mission and its many programs. Since PIIRS was established in 2012 at Princeton, many alums may not have known the Institute as students.  

Musical entertainment was provided by the Kruno Špišić Gypsy Jazz Trio from Philadelphia during the two-hour event. 

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