Post # 1
We are trying to figure out how many beer and wine choices to offer at our reception. We aren’t having liquor at all, so we want to have it well rounded in beer and wine. As far as I can tell, the caterer doesn’t care how many choices we give. Obviously with wine we pay by the bottle so if we have too many choices we end up paying for barely drank wine if it’s opened at the end of the evening, so we’ll limit that. Prices from our caterer are all pretty reasonable though– wine bottles range from $19-39 and beers are $3.25 domestic, $3.75 import.
Our food is beef tenderloin, crab cakes, and chicken alfredo.
It’s a waterfront wedding with an inside space as well as a tented outside area where the bar is located. It’s a midday lunch buffet, August, Virginia. So, most likely, hot.
For wine, I am leaning towards 2 whites, 2 reds. Probably a Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Is that too many choices for wine? Or am I missing a necessary style? I personally don’t like White Zinfandel and sort of on principal don’t want to offer it 🙂 and I don’t think that a Riesling would be universally appreciated either. Thoughts?
As far as beer– is 5 or 6 choices too many? I can’t decide but I want to have various styles represented. This is what I’m thinking so far– Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Heineken, Sam Adams Lager, Carolina Blonde, Miller Lite, Killian’s Irish Red. I’m leaving out Yuengling which I’m having a hard time with, but is it quiet similar to Sam Adams? It’s been awhile since I’ve had either 🙂
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
We had two reds, one white, one champagne and two beers. Something our caterer told us is that the more choices at the bar, the slower the line will move.
Post # 4
I think those choices are excellent. My Fiance and I went to a wedding a couple weeks ago and they had a TON of choices.. like 5 whites and reds and different bubblies. The line moved quickly because there were two bartenders.. but they had lamenated menus for people to choose from.
Post # 5
We stuck with 1 red, 1 white and 4 kinds of beer. That should be enough to satisfy most tastes. No need to go crazy,
Post # 6
It does sound like a lot of beer choices, but only because we have chosen to just have 2. We will also offer 1 red, 2 white, 1 sparkling wine.
I think you could do it tho, so long as you had the choices on the tables maybe so by the time they go up to the bar they know what they want to get.
It also depends on your guests, we know that the majority of my friends, and both sides of the families will go for the wine (that is what happened at our engagement party – we had far too much beer left over!) which is why we will have more choices of wine over beer.
Post # 7
You could throw in champagne too. But I think you have a nice range of beer. I think having an IPA, a pale ale, a brown ale/ lager, and a stout or porter is a good range for everyone.
Post # 8
All I can say is, I am at work and your subject of your post made me really want to have some of either 😀
Is Yuengling, the same as Yanglinger or something? If so, they are completely different to me. I like your beer list, Corona is good, too.
I think your wine choices is good, too. I love the fact that you are having plenty of choices.
Post # 9
Personally, I think 1 white and 1 red is enough. I do appreciate several beer choices, though, as I’m kind of a beer snob and won’t drink the standard stuff.
Post # 10
I think you should go down to 1 white and 1 champagne. I’d offer Yuengling mainly because most people I know LOVE it. It’s the favorite of many around here.
Post # 11
I think you should offer white zinfindale, especially if you are only offering beer and wine, because some people might only like sweet/fruity drinks, and white zin is the closest to that.
I think you should try to limit the beer to 3-4 kinds.
Post # 12
I think your picks for wine are great! I don’t drink beer personally, but that seems like a lot of choices. I would think with 3-4 choices, everyone could find something they will drink.
Post # 13
thanks for all the input guys!
We are definitely not going to do a champagne because that means extra glassware to have the caterer deal with plus it’s more expensive.
We are having lists printed and displayed with the choices too (once we decide on them!).
What are people’s reasonings behind not having more than 3-4 beer choices? That it’ll slow down the line at the bar? I’m just not seeing a reason NOT to offer as many choices as possible. We don’t have to purchase this beer. Our caterer is a restaurant (and said restaurant is right next door to our venue so we can’t really “run out”; they can always walk the 50 yards and bring more of something) so she will just bring it over, and whatever doesn’t get drunk, we are not obligated to pay for. She’ll just bring it back to her restaurant cooler afterwards!
Also you need to remember that we aren’t having liquor, so often people are used to having a TON of choices at an open bar with every mixed drink you can think up. So we just want to make sure we are giving people options. I know we have beer snobs and wine snobs in multitude in attendance so I don’t want to dissappoint!
I’m still leaning towards doing the 2 whites and 2 reds and 5 beers…(kicking out Carolina Blonde from my list)
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I think 2 reds and 2 whites would work fine. Just make sure to choose lighter reds, given the heat and humidity of that time of year. I think a reisling would go over well, as would a zinfandel (red, not white).
If you are offering 4 wine choices, 4-5 beer choices would be reasonable, too. Sam Adams Summer Ale is a surefire hit with my crowd. Have you considered getting something from a local brewery, too? We like to support our local wineries and breweries, and all of our food stuff is coming from a 100 mile or less radius, so we are planning to incorporate some local beers into our list. Local wines….. not so much. LOL
Post # 15
@jem415:yeah, I guess you’re right about the beer. As long as the bartenders don’t have to say 6 long beer names to every guest (since there is a printed menu thing,) then it doesn’t really matter if you want more options.
Post # 16
My only advice is to order almost twice as much white if you have to purchase in advance. We had about equal amounts of red and white and we ran out of chardonnay. We had to send the caterer to the store to get more but it all worked out. Not sure why but regardless of your menu people will probably drink more white wine than anything else. No one wants to spill on their clothes and especially if it is hot out. Our friends who own a wine bar warned us about this and we definitely should have taken their advice.
We had 4 wine choices 2 reds, chardonnay, and champagne. We only had 3 beer choices and it was more than enough. One light pale ale, a stronger IPA for the true beer drinkers, and my husband’s favorite beer from his hometown. Everyone will drink what you provide and be excited that it is open bar so don’t stress 🙂