Post # 1
I polled you all last night as to what type of hard alcohol I should serve(since I am only having one type) and vodka was the winner.
I realized this morning that I have no clue when it comes to alcohol in general. I don’t know what to buy and I definitely don’t know how much. We will be serving beer, wine, and vodka. I would like to have a great variety of these. But I’m not a beer drinker so I don’t know what types of beer I should be supplying. I also have never bought budget wine, so I don’t know what types of wine will be tasty and cost effective. I want to start stocking up but I have no idea where to start.
We would like to buy wine that is around $16 and under, since we will need so much of it. I was hoping someone can point me toward something good in this range.
Also, what beer should I have? We will definitey be having Lindeman’s Lambic, because I love the stuff. But that really isn’t a BEER beer. it tastes like sparkling juice. I know we’ll need a good variety of actual beer tasting beers.
For the vodka, what brands should I buy? I want to have a ton of options; what mixers should I get?
Also… how the heck do I know how much alcohol to buy? We cannot run out; that would be awful. But how can I know what is enough?
Thanks in advance bees!
Post # 3
For the vodka I would suggest Absolut. Not super expensive and not super cheap but comes in a variety of flavors. Skyy and Three Olives does too. Mixers you would want would be sprite, cranberry, oj, lemonade and grapefruit juice. YOu may even want to add bloody mix too.
Beer is tough but sticking with the “normal” stuff would be good. Bud, Miller, Tecate. Corona, Stella Artois, Heinekin, Sam Adams. Any of these brands are usually a safe bet.
As far as wine goes I am not a big wine drinker but Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is nice but usually about $17/bottle and I do not drink red but everyone I know that does actually really like Menage Trois merlot and it’s like $9 a bottle.
I’m sure some other bees will be along to help! Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
I can help answer a few of your questions, but I’m pretty clueless about the quantity of things to buy, so I can’t help you there!
Beer- I’d definitely aim for having a light beer and a darker beer. If you’re allowed to bring in your own alcohol, I’d get two kegs (or 1/2 kegs, or pony kegs- depending on your guest list) and just do one of each. We’re doing either BudLight or MillerLight and Yuengling (which is a lager and a little darker than the light beer).
Wine- Preferable, I’d do a sweet white, dry white, sweet red, and dry red. At a minimum, I’d aim for at least one white and one red. A reisling (white) and pinot noir (red) are pretty universal as far as food pairings, and neither is TOO sweet or TOO dry for the average wine drinker.
As for the vodka, I dunno- I don’t drink much liquor, so I don’t have much advice to offer.
Post # 5
Purchasing the correct amount can be tricky; whenever I’ve hosted parties (both personally and for work), I ALWAYS over-buy. It is hard to know what people are going to drink, but I would say that it is more likely that people will drink the beer and wine more than the vodka/mixed drinks. At least from my experience.
As for wine, buy it in bulk, if you can. Do you have a Trader Joes where you live? They have some great wines for cheap (ever heard of two-buck chuck? though it’s not two bucks anymore, but about $3 a bottle, depending where you live). Trader Joes has a lot of different and tasty wines though that you can definitely get for under $16 a bottle. Since your wedding is in the summer, I would go with lighter reds (pinot noir, sangiovese, gamay, etc) and crisp whites. Will you be able to keep them refrigerated? Even reds are meant to be kept at a cool temperature, though whites at a cooler temperature.
As to beer, well… gosh there are SO many options! Again, I would lean toward the lighter beers due to the summer wedding, but there are some people who like a dark, hearty beer regardless of the weather (same could be said about wine, actually!). I’m personally a big fan of Sam Adams (maybe because I lived in Boston for several years) and really enjoy their summer line; you can often get a good-sized variety pack at any liquor store.
For your numbers, the way I typically did it (and again, I’d always have too much at the end), would be to assume half the people will drink wine, half beer. On average, people at a party will drink 2-3 glasses an hour. A bottle of wine is typically 4 glasses. So, calculate from there. Maybe go with the 2/hour average and factor in some vodka mixed drinks. Vodka mixes well with coke, sprite, club soda… I am sure there are other suggestions that the Bees can give you!
Post # 6
For amounts: go to a bulk liquor store and ask them. Most will give you a discount if you buy by the case and will let you return unopened bottles.
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Post # 8
I see you’re in California – are there any vineyards close to you? You could probably negotiate an awesome deal with local wineries for a large quantity of wine!
Talk to your caterer about quantities! They’ll know best!
Post # 9
Vodka grey goose ! Quantity depends of how many guest u have ?
Beer : bud light corona Heineken Sam Adams
Wine : red and white not sure wich one they are so many !!!!
Post # 10
For beer, I would definitely recommend finding a local brewery, doing a tasting, picking out a light and a dark (like a blonde and an IPA) and seeing if they’ll work with you on price or delivery or something. Personally, I think it’s a lot of fun to pick out beers that will be pretty unique to your wedding…and at least amongst my friends and family, nobody drinks macrobrews. They would much rather get to try something new from a craft brewerypretend rink miller lite or something.
We’re getting wine at Costco – 14 Hands Hot to Trot (red blend) and Cost Plus World Market – Santa Alicia Sauvignon Blanc (white) and another case or so of something else that I’ll pick out on the spot, probably another red, like a pinot noir, because we’ll have champagne at the bar too. Costco is awesome for wine by the case…the 14 hands is like $9/bottle and it’s really good – everyone likes it! Being in California, you’ll have a lot of local options too.
Vodka will really depend on how much you want to spend…check out Costco for sure. Absolut and Smirnoff are like college party appropriate but I wouldn’t sere it at my wedding. Rumor has it the Costco Kirkland vodka is distilled by the same group as Grey Goose. My dad loves that stuff. We’re buying all of our liquor (vodka and tequila) at Costco.
Also, if you’re going to have a wide variety of vodka, why not break it into vodka and rum or tequila or something? Honestly, as someone who can’t drink vodka (from grain), I would be annoyed of you had six types of vodka but no other liquor choice.
Post # 11
Do your guests drink vodka? If that is what you buy because a group of people online who will not be attending prefer that but your guests don’t care for it, then you will have wasted money. Ask your guests (not everyone but maybe 10-20 folks) what they drink and go from there. They will also be able to tell you names of brands they like of any alcohol, if you ask. Everyone has their own preferences so some people you won’t be able to please no matter what.
You can ask at a local liquor store what they suggest as far as quantities. If your caterer requires you use a bartender through them, then they will know.
Post # 12
vodka: sky. my favorite mixer with this is pineapple juice. 100%. it used to be dr.pepper & i know my aunts & uncles like sprite or ginger ale.
beer: id think summer. summer shandy, cherry wheat. linenkugels. sam adams.
wine: moscato is lovely.
Post # 13
Do you have any friends or relatives that could weigh in on the types of beer, wine and vodka they like? That might help you.
Post # 14
@jayebaby: I love lambic!!! Especially the raspberry flavor!! Hehe I have such a sweet tooth.
A GREAT red wine is Ravenswood Zinfandel, and that is ~$10/bottle, cheaper if you buy it when it’s on sale. I drink Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc for white wine, it’s really yummy and under $10/bottle. But I’m not a wine connoisseur… I just would be happy to drink those at a wedding.
For beer, some beers that I think would be fun to have at a wedding: Guinness, Sam Adams, Stella Artois, Corona, and Heineken. You could also serve a hard cider, like Hornsby’s or Woodchuck – people with sweet tooths would appreciate that. Since it looks like you’re getting married in the summer, you could buy a case of summer beers – like the Fat Tire summer special or another beer like that. But what is ALWAYS a hit is getting a keg or two from a local microbrewery! I don’t know if there are any where you live, but if so then you should look into it! Kegs can be cheaper than bottled beer, and it’s a good conversation starter – and likely to please beer snobs. Bonus: you can make cute signs to hang about the beer.
I second what Estrella Luna says about the mixers. My go-to drink is cranberry-vodka. Get a few kinds of juice and sodas.
Post # 15
@MsVoyageur: Isn’t Lambic amazing? The first time I drank it, I didn’t even know it was alcohol. Just lovely 🙂
I have asked a few family members and everyone is Team Rum. However, they are also not likely to drink much. The big drinkers are definitely Team Vodka. I think I may be making this way more serious than it needs to be. Will choosing the “wrong” hard liquor ruin my event? Is it worth the extra 5k to provide full bar?
Post # 16
Vodka: Svedka and Monopolova are the absolute best values for the quality. IMO- buying Grey Goose or Ciroq is a waste of money if you’re going to mix it in anything anyway, and Absolute and Skyy are trendy names, the vodka tastes the same as Smirnoff!