Q: Beer & Wine Bar

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We got married at a winery so it was a little different. We had 6 types of wine and one keg of beer (one type— a local kind). We picked the beer and wine varieties. All were served by bartenders in glasses. Bottled water and a variety of sodas were available as non alcoholic options. We could have paid extra for coffee, lemonade and iced tea but chose not to.

We chose not to have a champagne toast (an extra $5/pp). People toasted with the drinks they had and it was fine. 

We had a signature drink, but it was 2 wines mixed  together (a sweet strawberry and a white). No liquor was served at all.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We also had hard liquor, but we had three beer selections and five wine (2 red, 2 white, and white zin for our parents.) Two beers were bottled (Lienekugel Sunset Wheat and Fat Tire) and the “lower end” one was canned- Natty Boh. Glasses were available. We had water and sodas as well.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had 3 types of local beer and a red and white wine. The beer came in kegs so we served it in glasses. We also had water, sweet tea, and lemonade served with fun straws. No signature drinks or cocktails. We chose not to do a champagne toast due to the extra cost, people just raised a glass of whatever they were already drinking. I think we did have coffee that was served with dessert; I know I didn’t drink any, and I couldn’t tell you how many people did, so I don’t know if it was worth it or not. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re having:

 

6 types of beer in aluminum bottles

 

4 wines (2 white, 2 red)

 

Daquiris, margaritias, and cosmos

 

unlimited Pespi brand soda, tea, coffee, water

 

all bar brand mixed drinks and shots

 

 

 

We’re having a full open bar for 5 hours and costs $16/ person.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@CurlyCue:  No it’s the only kind the venue serves. I’m a big mt dew fan though but my family drinks Coke.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@CurlyCue:  We were going to do just beer and wine but because we ended up having a (relatively) small wedding with about 75 attendees we added in limited liquor selection too. Either way, I figured I’d answer and it might help. 

1) How many varieties of each did you serve? 1 red, 1 white, 1 sparkling, 2 beers. (I also threw in 1 whiskey, 1 tequila and 1 gin)

 1a) Did you pick your favorites or was it caterer selected? Picked what we wanted. The way ours worked was our venue had a certain company you have to use to bartender, but you can supply the alcohol from anywhere. We went to specs.  Husband chose the beers some of his favs-one light and one dark. We did kegs. I picked affordable wine-a favorite white and a red in the same brand that had great reviews. I also got a prosecco. 

2) How was the beer served? Beer glass/ Beer bottle or can/ With koozie-kegs that the bartender served in clear plastic cups.  

3) Did you serve champagne or sparkling wine? Prosecco

3a) Toast only or regular consumption? Regular. Lots of my friends prefer to drink it throughout the night.

4) What was your non alcoholic (pedestrian) beverage? Water, iced tea etc.-we had water with lemons/berries, sweet tea, unsweetened tea, and lemonade with raspberries. We also had soda for mixers so I’m sure some people drank just soda too.  

5) Did you have a signature spirited cocktail too? Nope! Too much effort for me. But I would love that as a guest I think it’s cute. 

 5a) was there more than one? His & Hers–absolutely not!

 6) Did you have a signature spirited mocktail? Nope! 

 6a) did this replace your pedestrian beverage or was it in addition? Didn’t do it, but I think it should be an addition for people that prefer normal drinks like tea. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

1) we are having 8 beers and 5 wines

 

1A) our venue is microbrewery, so it’s their beers and local wines. five of the beers are their standard year-round offerings (pale ale, hefeweizen, dry hopped APA, kolsch, oatmeal stout) and the other three are seasonal. The seasonal offerings we are having will probably be the summer lager, Belgian golden ale, and an IPA. I think we get two reds, two whites, and a zin for wines.

 

2) our beer is draft/cask and will be poured into the appropriate glass for the type of beer ordered

 

3) no, our venue does not offer sparkling wine.

 

4) regular soda offerings, water, juice, tea, coffee

 

5) no

 

6) no

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@CurlyCue:  

1) 1 red, 1 white, 1 craft beer served during dinner + dancing, sparkling wine served in addition during pre/post-ceremony cocktail hour.

 We picked our bar selection, made a priority to select the craft beer we like made in our area.

2) Beer served in compostable clear cups.

3) Sparkling wine served during pre/post-ceremony cocktail hour. DH and I lead the toasts right as guests were seated for dinner. If people grabbed a sparkling wine at cocktail hour, that’s what they toasted with, otherwise, beer or wine.  

4) Water pitchers at every table, sodas and Izzy juices at the bar. Coffee service provided by a local coffee shop after dinner. I was skeptical that anyone would have coffee but people in my parents generation really liked it.

5) No, not worth the money. Our bar service provider charged more for signature cocktails than the most expensive wine selection. Granted the ingredients were great fresh seasonal fruits and herb, craft liquor, etc., but we just couldn’t just justify paying that much.

6) No, not worth the money.

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@CurlyCue:  Our wedding venue allowed us (aka made us) bring in our own drinks.  We did beer and wine to keep things simple and to save on costs.  It was great, no regrets at all.  Our crowd mostly drinks beer and wine vs. mixed drinks anyway.

1) How many varieties of each did you serve?  2 primary types of red and white, plus another selection of ~36 random bottles that I picked up at Trader Joe’s.  For beer, we had two kegs of PBR and two kegs of different local microbrews.

 

       1a) Did you pick your favorites or was it caterer selected?  Picked em

 

2) How was the beer served? Beer glass/ Beer bottle or can/ With koozie  Kegs with clear plastic cups, and koozies were our favor (big hit).

 

3) Did you serve champagne or sparkling wine?  Nope

 

      3a) Toast only or regular consumption?

 

4) What was your non alcoholic (pedestrian) beverage? Water, iced tea etc.  We had a wheelbarrow and canoe full of ice with a variety of cans of soda, sparkling water, and lemonade.  Also had some beverage dispensers with ice water.

 

5) Did you have a signature spirited cocktail too?  Nope

 

      5a) was there more than one? His & Hers

 

6) Did you have a signature spirited mocktail?  Nope

 

      6a) did this replace your pedestrian beverage or was it in addition?

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

MrsN14:  thats a great deal at $16 per person. In my neck of the woods that would be $35 per person. That’s why I’m only doing beer and wine and I’m buying my own wine. It’s still cheaper even with the corkage fee and will be better wine.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

1) How many varieties of each did you serve? Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauv, 5 different beer selection

        1a) Did you pick your favorites or was it caterer selected? Caterer selected

 2) How was the beer served? Beer glass/ Beer bottle or can/ With koozie – Beer poured from glass bottle into a beer glass by bartender

 3) Did you serve champagne or sparkling wine? Yes

       3a) Toast only or regular consumption? Regular consumption (included in our premium package)

 4) What was your non alcoholic (pedestrian) beverage? Water, iced tea etc. – Water, Iced Tea, Assorted Sodas, and Coffee Service with Cake

 5) Did you have a signature spirited cocktail too? We will only have this if we need to make up some room in our catering minimum, but currently not selected

       5a) was there more than one? His & Hers – there would only be one

 6) Did you have a signature spirited mocktail? No

       6a) did this replace your pedestrian beverage or was it in addition?

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Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

CurlyCue:  1. how many varieties: cabernet sauvingnon and a white wine chardonnay, keg of rainer beer and alaskan white or amber i think. 

2. did you pick your favs: i got to pick all of it. it wasnt catered. the beer is our go to at home. 

3.how was the beer served: plastic cups. it was a while ago now but i think we used clear plastic cups. 

4. did you serve champagne: only for the toast and the limo rides afterwards. the guest actually brought a lot to share. that was a nice surprise. 

5. what was your non alcoholic becerage: water, cranberry juice for kids. dont know why we picked cranberry but someone brought vodka and that went nicly together. we also had sparkling cider for the kids. 

6. signature spritied cocktail: that was the cran/vodka but it wasnt planned

I dont even know what a mocktail is? lol

i ended up having pretty much most of the rainer keg left over. lots of wine left over. i was over prepared but it doesnt go back… except for the keg lol. we had to hand that over to my brother to drink the rest. lol. also my sisters friend volunteered to be the bartender and work for tips. she ended up making 500 bucks that night! so that really worked out great for us. 

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