Post # 1
My fiance and I love craft beer and would like to serve some at our reception.
Our venue doesn’t allow kegs, so we’ll need to purchase bottles. Of course craft beers are more expensive and much stronger than regular beers, so we are trying to be mindful of how much/when to serve them. Some ideas that we are tossing around are to include 2-3 craft beers in the beer selection (along with the usual suspects). Or to give everyone a tasting glass (probably 5 oz) on the dinner table And invite them to sample craft beers at a separate section of the bar. We’d probably do about 6-8 craft beers and we’d make a menu with the information about the beers to put on the table and bar… similar to what you’d see at a bar that serves craft beer.
Does anyone have experience or suggestions?
Post # 3
we’re planning on having craft beer at our wedding (fall/winter beers) and we’re getting the beer by the case from a store near us. THat sounds amazing!
Post # 4
FI & I are also doing craft beer! We are having pumpkin beer for our wedding from a really popular local brewhouse. I can’t really offer advice as to how much you need, but I know we’re getting a whole keg (our venue will be putting it on tap) and I think that’s about 150 beers. We’re having about 125 guests, and we know many guests will want other drinks from open bar, plus we’re having a signature drink as well, so I think 1 keg is more than enough for us.
I think if I were you, I’d avoid inviting people to the bar because IMO surrounding a bar takes away from the rest of the wedding and people may become fixtures at the bar for the night. Maybe at each table, you could have different samples as well as descriptions of each beer, and guests could choose as they wish?
Post # 5
Craft beer is not necessarily stronger than “regular” beers. Those “beers” are about 3 to 4 percent alcohol, which is what many brown ales, cream ales, and pale ales are.
Are your guests miller lite drinkers or real beer drinkers? That’s how you’ll have to make your decision.
Post # 6
Thanks for the feedback!
how many different craft beers are you serving? Are you serving some of the regular beers as well?
Pumpkin beer sounds like a great idea, especially for a September wedding! Thanks for the thoughts about people becoming bar fixtures. We want to try to avoid that!
the crft beers that we enjoy and want to serve include some of the bigger beers, like IPAs, DIPAs, and others. We will also have a light beer and one or two regular macro beers.
Post # 7
@peachacid: I’m no beer master 😉 but usually, I thought regular beer is 3-5% and I know many of the craft beer I drink is 6-7%, & I’ve had (and hated!) Pumpking beer that’s 8.6 & have even seen one kind that was 12! I guess it really depends on the craft beer.
Post # 8
@Gina618: I think I just had a great idea! Lol…if you’re having a cocktail hour, I’d TOTALLY do a craft beer table! You could arrange all diff samples and descriptions, then maybe even order some glasses from Amazon to match the beer you’re serving!
Post # 9
We’re having craft beer too but it will be at the bar. Love the idea of the the samplings it could be like a craft beer tasting. How fun!
Post # 10
we’re probably having 2 kinds of craft beer (a pumpkin and then maybe a pale ale or some kind of winter beer) and then we’ll have something cheap like coors light because that’s what his dad drinks. We’re having an open bar with liquor but I have a feeling a lot of our friends are beer drinkers and we’ll go through more beer than we think.
Post # 11
Downingtown? You going to have Victory? Iron Hill? Troegs? 😉 I think this is an awesome suggestion. DH and I would be SO into this if we were guests at your wedding.
Post # 12
Do it!! We had two kegs of local craft beers (the brewery was literally a mile from the venue)at our wedding. The wheat beer was 5.5%, but the IPA was 7.7% and people got drunk. I love your sampling/tasting idea, but if it is staffed by a bartender that person will likely be bombarded with questions about the beers even if you have info printed, so hopefully that person will be up for becoming knowledgeable about the beers ahead of time.
Post # 13
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I love the tasting idea! I’m not a big beer drinker, but I’d love a sample and that’s totally FI’s family!