(Closed) Breweries in MD/DC/VA area that will make a custom brew?

posted 5 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would think that established microbreweries would be much too busy to make a custom brew for a single event. But ask your local beer store if they know of any amateur brewers who might help you make your own, and/or might lend you their equipment (I think law would prevent their making and selling to you directly, but maybe if they “help you” do it, that wouldn’t be a problem). 

I have a few acquaintances who make their own beer, and one made his own for his wedding a few years ago. Working with amateurs might be more productive for you.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was going to suggest the same thing as @ProfessorGirl:. How much are you trying to get? Home brewers would love this sort of thing. DH made a bunch of beer for our “hash wedding” for our running club, and it turned out flipping fantastic. Haha too bad we are moving in September or I bet DH would love to do this.

There are forums for home brewers as well as various clubs in the DMV area.

You might also want to try Rock Bottom Brewery. I know the brewmaster there and he’s a super nice guy. I’m not sure this is the kind of thing they would consider doing, but it’s worth a shot to ask.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@blinktmb:  we have friends who are trying to start their own microbrewery. the one guy has been doing ti for a few years and i’ve had his stuff, it’s very good. he’s in newark, delaware. i can ask him if he’d be interested in this job, if you’d like. how much beer do you need and how much are you willing to spend?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hey there! My FI and I are big in to the beer scene. We are having Struise brewery in Belgium make a beer for our wedding, but FI actually worked with the brewery previously. That being said, it’s pretty tough to get an operating micro brewery to create a beer since they are so busy, as PP said. I know several home brewers and one startup microbrewery who are local who might be able to help you out, and FI knows tons in the area that might be interested. These guys make beer better than most microbreweries. PM me if you are interested in me putting you in touch with some of them.

Also, you can go to ratebeer.com, and post a request and you might get some responses from home brewers as well.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Could I ask why a custom brew?  Would you consider one of these brewery’s signature summer selections with a custom tap handle? The brewery might be able to custom-print the tap handle for you, or you could buy a generic one and DIY the design, find someone on etsy or a crafty friend to do it for you, etc?  That might be easier than trying to find an actual custom brew, plus you could order the kegs through the venue to make sure there’s no questions when it comes to liquor licensing (most venues are licensed so that they can only serve beer that the customer orders through them and do not allow BYOB, so if you’re not having the reception in a private home, you might not have the option of bringing in something from a home brewer simply because the home brewer is not licensed to sell alcohol to the venue and the venue is not licensed to allow BYOB).

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@fishbone:  That’s actually a good point. You will want to check with the venue to see what they allow. I’m not sure if you could get a custom tap handle because the brewery might want people to know which beer they are drinking, but that’s actually a great idea!

ETA: I was typing my response as you typed yours!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The other disadvantage of going through a home brewer is the uncertainty.  Using an existing microbrew/craft brew and putting “your” label on it means you’re buying a known, consistent product from someone who is sure they can supply it. I’d hate to trust a stranger home brewer and have them face an unexpected issue that leaves them unable to fill the order.  Maybe I’m paranoid though.  But generally I’m all for letting the professionals do their thing.

Anyway you may want to stop by Meridian Pint on 11th and Park NW in the city, as they’re very well-connected to the local beer scene, both the small/craft beer houses and the home/amateur brewing scene. Their food is nice too. Go have dinner at the bar, try some new beers, and chat up the bartender. I’m sure you’ll leave with a couple of leads.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

My husband is a craft beer consultant and works with many of the breweries in the region.  I’m going to be posting about something similar in the near future on the blog, but here are my suggestions:

A) Find a home brewer or teach yourselves to brew.  The equipment can be found on Craigslist or ebay if you don’t want to make a long term investment.  When you’re done, you can sell it.

B) Buy large bottles of beer from one of the area craft breweries and label them yourselves.  Heavy Seas and Devil’s Backbone make fantastic beers in the large bottles (sharing bottles, they’re about 22 ounces).  That’s a great size for a favor.

 

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Also, Greg at Churchkey is starting his own brewery through Churchkey. Regardless of whether or not he can brew for you, he would also know some good contacts for that sort of thing.

I agree at the uncertainty of homebrewers, but some of these guys enter their beer in competitions like Great American Beer Festival, so if you can’t get a professional, maybe try someone who has participated in some competitions? That might help.

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