(Closed) How many different types of beer and wine did you serve? Most/least popular?

posted 6 years ago in Food
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shelbypoo:  We just offered one each of red, white and rose wines, and one sparkling wine; other wines were available for guests to purchase if they wanted to (we basically placed a price limit of £8/$13 per drink; other wines were £9-12 ($14.50-20) which we weren’t happy to pay). Beer-wise there was 1 type of draft lager (Asahi), two types of bottled lager (Corona and Peroni), 4 types of bottled ales (2 pale ales, one amber, and one porter), and 1 type of cider (also bottled), so, 8 total.

Beer accounted for a large percentage of drinks during our evening reception (around 45%, with spirits another 45%, and shots and wine making up the other 10%) so having a variety was important.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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shelbypoo:  We offered a full bar and it was so worth it. We wanted to please everyone and because our guest list was so small we knew most peoples preferences and were able to accomodate them.

We had 1 sparkling (it was a Cremant d’Alsace) on offer all evening, 2 white (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay), and 2 red (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon).

I hate chardonnay and it ended up being the most popular wine served! The runners up were the cremant and the cab sauvignon.

For beer we had Mill St. Organic, Stella, Bud Light, Heineken, and Guiness. Liquor, we offered all except for tequila.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We had two reds, two whites, three kinds of beer and a hard cider. 

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KC-2722:  haha we had the same kinds of reds and whites that you did!  I hate all whites but the sauv blanc was apparently very good.  The cabernet sauv was the more popular red but that was probably me drinking a lot of it 🙂

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We had 2 beers on tap – a pilsner and IPA, both from local breweries.  If we had a third beer tap, I probably would have chosen a light beer to add to the mix.  But, I’ll admit that we went nuts with the wine – we had 6 different kinds (2 reds, 2 whites, 2 sweets).  Long story, but our winery was having an epic sale on bottles when we needed to buy for the reception and we decided to buy a lot of different options.  Guests loved it, but if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have picked that many.  Our bartender initially told us that we’d be fine with 1 red, 1 white and 1 sweet or sparkling wine.

I think your beer options are great.  With the wines, unless your guests are big sweet wine drinkers like where I live (NC), I think you would be fine with cutting back to 1 sweet wine.  I think that full bar can be worth it if your reception is large, ending later at night, or if you know that your guests tend to prefer cocktails.  We did beer and wine only and everyone was perfectly happy because we had a more laid-back reception. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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HannahGrace:  You’re brave! Drinking red in a wedding dress!

I’m a walking disaster and knew it would be all over me. I had a sip of pinot noir.. Standing about a foot from it and leaning in.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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KC-2722:  Too funny.  I actually got special dispensation to have red wine on the premises; part of the reception was in a historic house that doesn’t normally allow it, but they were OK with it although the director did say “you really want to drink red wine in your dress?”  By the time I was drinking anything, 90% of the photos were done so if I spilled it would not have been the end of the world, and I really like red wine!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m a bit of a wine person — hence the reason we’re having our wedding a vineyard!  I like the idea of a dry and sweet version of both red and white wine; most people have definite preferences for either red or white, and also dry or sweet.  

One suggestion:  if you go with Chardonnay (and I think you should), you may want to make sure that it is steel barrel fermented instead of oak barrel fermented.  A lot of people who say they don’t like Chardonnay have only tasted oak barrel fermented; it has a stronger flavor that turns some people off.  Steel barrel fermented Chardonnay is much more mellow, and will appeal to a wider variety of people, including some who claim to not like Chardonnay.  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We served exactly what you are planning- 2 reds 2 whites and 3 beers. And a full open bar. Reds were a pinot noir and a cab sav blend (manage a trois). White was cupcake Chardonnay and Kim crawford sav blanc. the manage a Trois was more popular than the other red. The whites were pretty equal. 

We served blue buck, grolsch and corona. The corona was least popular but I’m glad we had it – if it had been a sunnier warmer day I’m sure people would have drank it more. 

i think what we had was perfect! one thing to think about is that your wine service will be slower if u offer 2 options of each unless you hire an extra person (which we did). Good luck!

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We served 5 beers, 6 wines, and 3 scotches. I honestly do not remember which wines were the most popular (served a white zinfandel with the salad course, chardonnay with the soup course, cotes du rhone with the main course, white port with the dessert course, and pinot grigio at cocktail hour). The most popular beers were the Chimay Blue (cocktail hour) and the Framboise Lambic (dessert course), based on what everyone chose to drink after the specific pairings were finished. I really thought the Guiness (main course) would be in the top 2, but it wasn’t. Also served in the beer pairings were a Strongbow Hard Cider (salad course) and a wheat beer (soup course, I don’t remember which one). Oh, and we served prosecco for toasting. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

We served 5 types of beer (Sweetwater 420, Blue Moon, Yuengling, Shiner Bock, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo), 4 types of wine (Pinot Noir, Cab Sauv, Chardonay, and Pinot Grigio), and 7 types of liquor. The Extra IPA was least popular, but we had planned on that. My husband and I love beer and so do a lot of our friends, so we didn’t want to skimp.

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