Post # 1
My wedding is 3 weeks from now! Whoa, time flys. We will be serving wine and beer at our wedding with our signature drink, a red sangria (wine, rum, oranges, lemons, blackberries, and a dash of cinnamon).
I’m wondering if I should still serve a regular red wine like Pinot Noir or Merlot?
For the white wine: I was thinking Pinot Grigio over Chardonnay as I think Pinot is a bit lighter and crisper for our August Wedding. (It will be hot!)
We want to have maybe 3 types of beer – please don’t suggest Bud Light, Miller Light, ect.. as we’re not fans of light beer and they didn’t make the cut. 🙂
Our current favorites are: Squatters Hefewizen, Sam Adams Boston Ale.. and we can’t decide on the third… Blue Moon maybe? IPA? A Summerale?
Post # 3
what about a lager? Ales and Heff do not sit well with me, most wheaty beers dont, but a lager is always a good option when I’m parched for a beer on a hot day – it doesn’t make me feel as bloated like the others.
Post # 4
I would serve a red and white wine option (I like your Pinot suggestion; if it’s an afternoon wedding, a Reisling or Traminette would be really refreshing, too).
Blue Moon is delicious, as is Yuengling. Being from MA originally, Sam would be my choice, hands down! I would pick maybe a darker beer for variety.
Post # 5
My first thought was “Booze? The more the better!” I like the idea of a Pinot Noir, Merlot seems a bit heavy for summer. Blue Moon seems like a crowd pleaser. I love Hefeweizen. Most people I know will also drink Heineken, so maybe that’s a better option.
Post # 6
Pinot Noir for the red and Pinot Grigio for white are good choices; Riesling would be another good choice for a white.
For beer my choice would be Stella Artois. I can’t stand Blue Moon, blech. (swampwater)
Post # 7
I would definitely go for an IPA for your third beer choice. August = hot = need an IPA!
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Anderson Valley had a great summerfest. Or Kona Brewing Company’s Downtoen Brown Ale is also a great darker beer.
Post # 9
I love a good cabernet or chianti–I thiink merlot is a little too deep for most people
I think Corona is a popular beer and a classier choice than Bud or Coors–personally I prefer Blue Moon
Post # 10
You’re spot on re:pinot grigio vs. chardonnay, but consider a Sauvignon blanc too! We’re doing that, prosecco, Pinot noir, and a local favorite “red wine”.
We are getting our beer from a local brewery, one keg of a summer wheat and one belgian IPA – not only are the guys from he brewery awesome, but they’re delivering for no charge and giving us their wholesale price. Try a local brewer for more unique selection and maybe some other perks!
Post # 11
I think you need a third beer that appeals to the masses. Trust me, I hate the light beers too and would much rather have an IPA, but I’m not sure your guests would feel the same way. Some people only like the light beers.
If you won’t go Miller Light or Bud Light, than I think Blue Moon would work.
Post # 12
@arcadianlily: ABITA PURPLE HAZE. Although I am very partial. I am serving it at mine just the weekend after yours. 😉
Post # 13
As a third beer, I would go for an IPA or a lager. I wouldn’t do Blue Moon, as I think that people who like Blue Moon would generally enjoy a Hefewizen. I disagree that you would need a Bud Light or Miller Light type beer. I think most people are happy with a nicer ale or lager if a mass produced beer is not available.
I would definitely serve a red & white wine in addition to sangria. I think pinot noir & pinot grigio are fine options (not my favorites, but fitting for a summer wedding). I would advise against reisling if you’re only serving one white, as it’s very sweet & doesn’t generally pair well with a wide variety of foods. For white, you could also offer a pinot blanc, chennin blanc, viognier or sauvignon blanc- all are on the lighter end of the spectrum. For reds, you could also consider a local red blend.
Post # 14
@les105: ” viognier or sauvignon blanc” That’s my vote too. I love them dry and minerally and would be seriously bummed if I only had reisling.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I prefer Pinot Noir myself but based on my experience bartending most people would choose the Merlot.
For the white wine I prefer Sauvignon Blanc but based on experience most people order Chardonnay.
I think the Sam Adams covers the “regular” beer and Hefeweizen should satisfy the Blue Moon drinkers. Definitely pick something light for the third beer like an IPA or Stella. I love beer and between the first two beers I would be happy for the entire night.
Post # 16
@beachbride1216: I agree! Something light for the thrid beer option. Not necessarily budlight, but maybe a blonde ale. I always like a strawberry blonde on a hot day.