Post # 1
Mr. Broccoli is a beer connisseur. He’s currently pricing the equipment for home brewing and I love it- pumpkin ales year round and thick, mollassey oatmeal stouts! He really wants to make homebrewed beer for our wedding favors- we’re having a 21 and up only wedding- so no concerns about nasty children guzzling the adult beverages. I gave him a few reasonable guidelines for the beer favors.
- If he doesn’t perfect at least 2 batches before the wedding, he has to use a brewhouse like Shenandoah Brewing where you come in, brew a big batch with them in their vats and they bottle it.
- It has to be a very “universal” beer style
When I said Rule #2, he looked at me like I canceled Christmas. I know that I love double chocolate stouts and he loves triple fermented IPAs, but I’m imagining that my cocktail girlfriends and his Coors Lite buddies wouldn’t appreciate a homebrew with an unfamiliar flavor.
Thoughts? Is it better to have a favor that fully represents the bride/groom or one that would actually be consumed? Would you drink a ‘new’ beer style if you’re not normally a fan? Note: It’s not an option to serve the beer at the venue- Maryland laws are super particular about BYOB. Second Note: If Mr. Broccoli doesn’t get his way, he will be turning the favors over to me and I’d probably just do cookies in a box or something tried and true.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t do beer favors. Maybe beer gifts for his groomsmen, but what is your Aunt Millie or Grandma Beatrix going to do with a heady, hoppy beer?
My fiance brews at home, and I have to tell you – this is a process. It’s a lot of work, a lot of chemistry, a lot of time, and you have to make absolutely certain everything’s sterile, and even then you risk contamination and possibly food borne illness. Just be careful, that’s all 🙂
Plus, the fermentation process smells. Hardcore. And not like the beer… it smells like yeast and eggs and farts. Prepare yourself.
I vote cookies for sure. 🙂
Post # 4
I’d be all up in beer favors. Aunt Milly and Grandma Bea can pass them my way,lol. That double chocolate stout sounds AMAZING. But then again I’m always up to try new things. It represents who you are, it’s a good way for people to try something new. It will make your wedding that much more memorable.
Post # 5
Beer favors sound awesome!! Maybe you could do a few different varieties and let people pick the one that sounds best to them. I don’t venture too far into different beer varieties, but I’d be super excited to get to pick a bottle to try something out of my comfort zone!
Post # 6
I’m fine tuning the recipe for my own homebrewed wedding beer myself at the moment. It’s my kind of DIY wedding project- my fiancee is eager to help and we have fun drinking our mistakes. For anyone interested in getting started, here are some tips that can help (and a beautiful pic of the beer bubbling away on my stovetop):
Post # 7
My hubby brewed the beer for our wedding. We had a honey wheat beer and a cream ale beer. We also had a keg of Coors. (He’s been brewing for 5 years so there wasn’t much risk)
Wanna know what was left?
Post # 8
We totally want to do beer favors. my partner loves brewing beer, and I’ve helped a few times. Beer is something that we love, although I tend to favor dark stouts and he likes IPAs. Because of him, I’ve started to like a few IPAs and he was super jealous that I got to tour the Stone brewery when I was out of town for a conference (that’s his fave brewery). A good friend of ours has offered to design the labels for the beer, and then we’d print them. We wold like to do two different ones – one to represent each of us. We fully are aware that not everyone will like this favor, but we have a lot of friends and family that would. For his birthday, my partner made himself a kegerator. He bought a fridge for cheap, and then purchased the parts. The nice thing is when you maek beer and then put it straight in the keg, it’s ready to drink in a few days. I also love the idea that we will be making the favors for our wedding, doing it together, and its something we love.
Post # 9
I LOVE the idea…especially if it’s meaningful for your Fiance! I did think about the elderly ppl(Grandma & Grandpa) when I seen your post. Maybe if it’s possible you could do the beer favors for most your guests & then the ppl you know that wouldn’t drink alcohol..maybe make something different for them..something simple! I say go for it…if I attended a Wedding that had those favors..I would be thrilled…lol!! 🙂