Post # 1
The groom and I are homebrewers and have been trying to figure out how to treat our guests to our handiwork for the wedding. Our first idea was to give out bottles as favors (and make a batch of root or ginger beer for those who do not drink), but I’m not as crazy about that as I once was–it seems like they would be cumbersome for the guests, and I feel like it would look a little less classy to have brown bottles all over the tables, though maybe that’s me just being nuts.
So the other two options are to serve our beers (we’d probably brew two–I am going to brew a raspberry hefeweizen or a barleywine, and he wants to brew an anchor steam style ale) at the bar as a drink option, or to set apart a little “lounge area” or something where people could do homebrew tastings, like a wine tasting, and then that might also be a nice thing for people who don’t dance/want to take a break (and maybe we could put the guest book and other little things there to encourage people to sit down if they want).
Suggestions would be appreciated!
Post # 3
The lounge area idea is awesome, but otherwise, my vote’s for serving them at the bar. Maybe you could have a little “drinks menu” card at the tables, letting them know about the beers.
Post # 4
I like the tasting station idea, and I also like frugal’s idea for a little drink menu for the tastings.
Post # 5
hi ginandtonic! Awesome! The hubby and I are homebrewers too, and we really struggled over this same issue. I did want to serve a homebrew option at the bar, but we haven’t started kegging yet so that would have meant getting all this new equipment, plus all the work of brewing that much beer. (We expected up to 200 guests, ended up with about 130.) I wanted to give as a favor but so many in our families are either not drinkers or don’t drink beer. What we did end up doing is brewing 22oz beers for the groomsmen. I originally planned to do that for the bridesmaids too but some of them were pregnant and it just felt cruel. 🙂 We brewed 2 of our favorites from previous batches, and also etched a set of glasses for each guy with his last name on them. It made for a nice gift and most of the guys drank their beers within a couple of days after the wedding, and raved about them! The one big bummer was the guy who left a bottle and glass in the car, and it exploded, shattering one of the glasses too. So if you do give beer as gifts, make sure you warn them not to leave it if it is warm.
One other thing that I will add – we have been disappointed in the reception our beers get from some friends and family. We LOVE our beers, and of course the fact that we spend so much time brewing them makes us feel “connected” to the beer. But what we’ve come to grips with is that other people do not love your beer as much as you do. A few people will really appreciate the fact that you brewed it, but many people don’t seem too impressed, much to our disappointment. That’s another reason we decided to minimize the beer we gave as gifts for the wedding.
What we did decide to do was get kegs of local brews for our reception. It allowed us to showcase Colorado beers and support craft breweries.
Good luck! I’d love to hear what you decide to do! I’m happy to find another brewing bride 🙂
Post # 6
I think serving it at the bar is the best option. The reception tent area would also be fine, but I think less people would partake of it if it’s in a separate area from where they are getting the rest of their drinks.
Post # 7
Awesome idea! I like the tasting lounge area idea the best I think. It showcases your homebrews that way instead of clumping them in with the other bar selections.
Post # 8
We are doing this as well, except we are going to a brewing place and making the beer. We are making special labels for the beer and going to have it on our list at the bar.
Post # 9
Fiance the homebrewer says “They should definitely do an IPA.” I don’t know why he didn’t say more, because he’s been having this internal debate!
I like the tasting idea. Sorry we couldn’t be more help!
Post # 10
I like the tasting bar idea for the same reason Kitt mentioned! It seperates them out so that they’re “special” instead of at the normal bar.
Post # 11
Serve it at the bar, but make little cards at the tables telling the guests about the homebrew specials you’ve brewed for the wedding. Maybe a little description beneath each will help get your guests excited about them?
Post # 12
Thanks for all the suggestions ladies, and for teasing out some of the pros and cons! I love this site!
Post # 13
Awesome with homebrews! I love the idea of the lounge area with beer-tasting. Could be a great kickstarter for conversations.
Post # 14
I like the second and the third idea! But I’m leaning toward the tasting tent. There are going to be some non-beer drinkers so the favor would be lost on them. The tasting tent would be a great addition to make your reception unique.
Post # 15
I like the homebrew tasting area. I think with that you can have an optional favor. If you like the beer, here’s a bottle or two to take home with you! If you’re not interested, no problem. That way the favors aren’t all over the reception venue, and are just in one corner.
Post # 16
That last option sounds so lovely!