Post # 1
So our wedding is coming up in September and we are having a beer and wine package instead of an open bar. My fiance and I are not big drinkers and do not drink beer or wine so we need help figuring out what most people like. We really have no idea. I’ve never had a beer in my whole life.
We get to choose three wines and two beers. Right now the package they put together for us is:
Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Merlot
Beer: Budweiser and Bud Lite or Miller Lite
I asked one of my bridesmaids what I should go with for beer and she said that most domestic beer sucks. Is that the general consensus? Which beers would appeal to most people. My choices are: Yeungling, Miller Lite, MGD, Budweiser, Bud light, Red Dog, Bush, Bush Light, National Light, National Bohemain.
Also, are the three wine choices above okay?
Post # 2
purple_orchid: Are there any other wine choices available? Those look pretty good, as is, but maybe if you’re doing two whites you could do one sweet white wine with the pinot grigio. Merlot is good and so is Cabernet Sauvignon.<br />
As far as beers, I agree with your friend that doesn’t care for domestic beers as much, but I definitely also think you should do at least one lite beer. I would do Yeungling and Miller Lite. I can’t stand Bud. If you pick Bud, I wouldn’t pick it for both the lite beer and the regular beer!
Post # 3
It is no that domestic beers suck…it is that the BIG GUYS (the ones you listed) are not the best that America has to offer =( Craft beer is really the way to go if you want unique flavors and real interest.
I guess my real question is do your friends drink a lot of beer? If they do…then that is one thing, if they do not… then you woul dbe fine with the basics.
As for the wine…I think those three are a decent choice..but that also depends on what you are serving for food. Also, inside or outside wedding? (heavier wines are not so great outside in summer)
Anyhoo…I am sure I just confused the issue more….and I am sorry =(
Post # 4
wine choices are fine.
i am a beer drinker and do not drink any of the beers you mention. are they your only choices? if they are maybe yeungling, miller light, and natty boh (are you in baltimore)
but if you can pick others?
since oktoberfest technically starts in september but about doing an oktoberfest beer. sam addams makes a decent one. blue moon is always a good choice. i like IPAs. i’m drinking my way through, southern tier is a great one.
Post # 5
purple_orchid: If you want a domestic beer that is good I’d go with Samuel Adams Boston Lager. For wine, merlot is a good red. I’d maybe do a Riesling (sweet) and a Pinot Grigio (slightly dry). I personally prefer Sauvignon Blanc over Pinot Grigio but it is sometimes too ‘grapefruity’ for people.
Post # 6
crackktheskyy: I just e-mailed my caterer and asked for the list of other wine choices. Also which white wines are the sweet ones?
PunkRockPrincess: A few of them do, but I want to say they are more wine drinkers than beer. We are serving grilled chicken with lemon caper sauce, grilled steak with bearnaise sauce, mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus. (My caterer specializes in barbeque). It will also be an outdoor wedding.
ajillity81: These are my domestic choices. They said I can have imported beer but it would be more expensive.
Post # 7
purple_orchid: For a sweet white wine, I like a Riesling
Post # 8
purple_orchid: See if your caterer will allow you to have a local brewery’s beer. It usually has more flavor & is more fresh than a macro beer.
If I were choosing for a diverse group, I’d go for a lager or pilsner and then add an IPA for those who prefer something more hoppy.
Post # 9
purple_orchid: Oo…your menu sounds awesome! I second the idea of getting a keg (or pony kegs) from a local brewery if you can! It would be amazing. That is what we are doing. Offering 4 pony kegs and then will move to bottled beer if/when those run out.
As for the wine, you will want some lighter options being outside and with chicken. I would say the Pinot Grigio is a good choice. I would switch out the merlot for a pinot noir …and maybe throw in a sweeter white like suggested above the reisling …or honestly, just have one of each.
If you wanted to do TWO of each .. I would do
Zin (for some zip and higher alcohol content…hehe)
Post # 10
Ah… I have a really strong dislike for Miller Lite and Bud Light, but I would be happy to drink wine instead! A lot of people I know wouldn’t mind drinking *free* Miller Lite or Bud Light though- because hey, open bar dude. It’s too bad they didn’t include Blue Moon, Sam Adams, or Dos Equis in your domestic choices for more options… I feel like one of those would help round it out a bit more.
I think your wine choices are perfectly fine though. 🙂 I prefer reds, but I never choose them at weddings because of the increased liklihood I will spill it on myself (or the bride- oh the horror!). I’d be happy with either the Chardonnay or the Pinot Grigio.
Post # 11
ajillity81: Is Natty Boh the nick name for National Bohemian? If so, that’s on my list.
Post # 12
Dang, those are some terrible beer choices.
I think Natty Boh and Yeungling are the least worst.
Post # 13
i worked at a bar for a year and half. I would say as far as wines go the cab and merlot are both going to be red dry wines, with Pinot Grigio being a simi dry white. I would for variety purposes get rid of one of the dry reds and add a blush or white zin. As far as beer goes, Bud light is the most generic drinkable beer you could serve. I would def go for bud light, and maybe to chose the other beer ask your family or other invited guests out of that list, their favoirte beers.
Post # 14
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I agree with a PP, I wouldn’t do two white wines that are fairly similar. I would stay with the chardonnay, since it’s a familiar wine for most. I would stay with the merlot as well, good choice for red (a cabernet is usually too dry for casual wine drinkers. I would switch the Pino Grigio for either a Reisling (it’s sweeter), a Moscato (Very sweet and usually bubbly) or a blush wine (pink). I’m obviously a wine drinker, so I’m not that suited to give advice on the beer. I would say DO NOT choose the Natty light (national beers) … they are super cheap and awful. I would say the Yeungling? But I’m probably not the best beer advice giver.
Post # 15
For domestics Id pick Blue Moon or Sam Adams seasonal…and one light option almost everyone likes. Like Miller or Bud