(Closed) Keg or bottled beer?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: Should we have a keg and pint glasses or bottled beer?
    Keg and pint glasses : (21 votes)
    62 %
    Bottled beer : (13 votes)
    38 %
    Something else : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had a formal evening wedding and had keg beer.  I did the whole cost thing and I think it saved us around $300 dollars just in beer.  I think as long as you don’t have those red solo cups then you are golden.

    Those glasses would be cool to get as a favor, I would totally use them all night.

    Post # 4
    5106 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @likelimeade: I say if you can swing it, go for the keg and the glasses, I really like that idea. Depending on how much the glasses are, you’ll be paying much more for bottled beer than a keg to have the same amount of beer.

    As long as you’re sure people will finish the keg. If you think they may not, you might try a pony keg, or party ball. They’re smaller. :o)

    Post # 5
    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    The one problem I see with using favor glasses throughout the night is some people like a fresh glass or they set them down somewhere and it gets lost/waiters clear the dirty glassware.

     I know when we had our wedding, my dad did a poll of our the part of our family consisting of beer drinkers- all of them preferred the taste of bottled beer to a keg.

    Post # 6
    2889 posts
    Sugar bee

    Why not do bottles and pint glasses. We also considered a keg but if you don’t have enough beer drinkers it will create waste and/or limit your beer selection. Also, and this is what made us use bottles, if you are working with a caterer you have to consider health codes. Our state required all beverages to be served in a clean glass – no refils- and washing glasses behind the bar was not possible so we would have had to provide way more glasses than 1 per guest. However if the bar served bottles, guests could choose to poor their beer into a pint glass or drink from the bottle. Recently, I saw photos from a wedding where they served bottles with personalized bottle koozies as a favor. Not the thick foam kind but thin ones that looked like little beet jackets and had a quote from the couple. Had I seen this before, we would have considered something like that for our guests. I also think you can set the pint glasses at each place setting or on a table near the bar and let guests use them if they choose. Some people just prefer drinking from the bottle while others prefere a glass.

    Post # 7
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Would you have someone to man the keg, or just have people serve themselves?

    I would drink beer but I never mastered using a keg so it that option would really limit my drinking.

    Post # 9
    3166 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @maureen9004: that’s crazy, i don’t know of a single person who would ever like the taste of bottled over draft.

    Future Mother-In-Law is a caterer (ours too, in fact!) and she’s seen it done both ways. with bottled, she says TONS more people leave their bottles on tables and then forget about them so they end up going back and getting another. if you give someone a cup as a favor i think they’d be even more likely to keep track of them. also, towards the end of the night, she says the more avid drinkers grab multiple bottles and load up for the road!

    Post # 10
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @elliestan: Agreed. I’d much prefer beer out of a keg, and that’s coming from a beer snob. If it’s coming from behind the bar from bartenders, I don’t see a problem. It’s not like it will be visible, so it sounds like you’re good to go with kegs. Plus, kegs should be cheaper. 

    Post # 11
    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @elliestan: i actually do sometimes prefer bottled over draft. to me if depends on what kind of beer i am drinking. shock top, have to have on draft. bud light, i actually like bottles better.


    I voted for keg, but i see no issue in having both. some people will just pour the bottle into the glass, or i would gladly take them home! i am one of those who would also take glasses from wherever i was!

    Post # 12
    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    @elliestan:maybe it’s because we tend to like local beers (no miller, bud, amstel, etc..) which mostly comes in bottles around here. I also should have said our wedding was outdoors with a bartender- keeping the keg cool all evening was an issue. Bottled was easy to put in an ice bath.

    Post # 13
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    If I have the choice between the same beer in a bottle or on tap, I’ll take the keg beer every time.  It just tastes better!

    That said, I’m a beer snob so I usually end up drinking bottled beer because the nicer (and/or more local) beers that I typically drink can rarely be found in kegs.

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