Post # 1
Hi Bees—really need some advice on food and alcohol for my wedding reception. We’re having an 11 am outdoor ceremony with a noon reception at a different venue—my mom works at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC and I can get the new tasting room for free!
I’m madly in love with the idea of doing brunch food for the reception. But, the only alcohol I can serve affordably in the brewery is beer and wine (I get a very reduced rate). Is it weird to be eating omlettes and scones with beer and wine? Obviously something like mimosas would match better. I feel like the combination just doesn’t mix well, but I know it would be extremely strange to have a dry wedding at a microbrewery, and yet can’t afford to substitute mixed drinks because of the deal I’m getting on the beer/wine.
Should I go in a different direction with the food? Or just do what I want? Is beer and wine and bagels less weird than I think it is?
Post # 3
I think if the brunch is hearty enough the beer can work. Omelets, I probably wouldn’t a beer with. But hash browns, ham, and plenty of other things like that I probably would. But then again I’m a big beer fan, especially microbrews, so it might depend on your guest list.
Edit: Fiance says he would love a spicy omelet with a microbrew beer . . .and is now requesting it for breakfast tomorrow.
Post # 4
Sure mimosas would be ideal, but I dont think its necessary for a noon lunch. But I would steer your menu more towards the savory brunch items rather than the sweet and traditional breakfast/brunch items.
Like anti-pasto, tomato and cheese stratas, a roast, cold and hot salads, smoked salmon, eggs benedict, crab cakes, etc. as opposed to pastries, omelets, bagels, french toast etc.
What are your options for food?
Post # 5
Can you get a sparkling wine to mix with orange juice? or not?
Moscato d’Asti works well with brunch menu items.
Chardonnay works well with bacon.
Merlot if you have something heavy like steak and eggs.
White Riojas are great with ham.
Crisp, unoaked whites such as Muscadet, Pinot Grigio or most Sauvignon Blancs will also work.
Post # 6
I think it’s fine. I would have a glass of white with brunch in the right situation. I would also have beer if there was pasta or something which most people serve at brunch.
Post # 7
Okay, great! Thanks! Yeah, I can defnitely move toward savory brunch food and make sure there’s some meat. I could also get champagne to mix with juice—I can get the wholesale price on that, too. My family is a HUGE beer family (not surprising, considering where my mom is employed, I guess), so I feel pretty confident that beer will be consumed because 12 noon is certainly late enough to drink. I just didn’t want beer+brunch to be a really unappetizing combination…
Post # 8
I’d definintly have a champagne with brunch. It’d be lovely with some fruits, melon balls and strawberries etc would be very refreshing after a savoury meal. Maybe mini quiche, crepes, alcoholic and non alcoholic punch would all look nice, also maybe some bellinis?