(Closed) Let's talk KEGS and wine – how much?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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LovingLife89:  a few questions to help give a good answer:

(1) what kind of beer is in the $325 keg? That’s a bad price for bud light, but reasonable for a good craft brew.

(2) what time of day and how long is the reception?

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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LovingLife89:  Would they offer bottled beer? While bottled beer would be more to transport, if offsite, this would allow for a lower cost based on consumption. Also offers more than one style of beer. For example, we are having bottled craft beer with offering a “grooms” favorite and a “brides” favorite. Whatever craft bottles are not opened our venue will not charge us.

Keg prices vary by region, type of beer (craft vs domestic), and vendor. Get a price of bottled from your venue and compare the prices. Estimate 2-3 beers/glasses of wine per person (wouldn’t want anyone drunk).

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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LovingLife89:  I’m looking up my wine stuff right now for you 🙂

We had 26 guests (only 5 didn’t drink) and had 5 bottles of champagne, 10 bottles of wine (5 red and 5 white), and an open bar for cocktails.  I think there was maybe a bottle of red and a bottle of white left over.  Total bill was about $1200, to give you an estimate, but it was at a fancy hotel restaurant and most cocktails were $12.

What kind of beer is it? And is it a full 15.5 gallon keg or a smaller one? 

 

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

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LovingLife89:  We bought one keg for our wedding of 30 people, it was yueingling beer, and it was only $110 plus $90 refundable deposit for the accessories. I don’t know if I got a good deal but yours sounds really expensive. However, I guess it also depends on your region maybe? I live in FL. Will most of your guest drink beer or wine? if mostly will do beer I would buy two kegs if most will do wine then just one would be enough in my opinion.

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LovingLife89:  whether it’s reasonable depends on what it is, and going rates in your area.

As to how much you need, what duration is your wedding? I would probably allow 2 pints/1 large (250ml) glass of wine pp per hour.

At our wedding reception of around 75 people (approx 50/50 male/female, around 60% drinking heavily, 20% lightly, 20% on soft drinks), we got through:

190 pints of beer/lager

3 bottles of wine (this sounds crazy-low, but, we provided approx. 1 bottle pp during the drinks reception and meal, and so I think people had ‘gone off’ wine by the time the evening reception rolled round)

200 spirits and mixers

50 shots

40 soft drinks.

That was from 7pm-2.30am, with approx. 75 (as above) until 10pm, and then around 50 until 1.30, a few stragglers for the last hour.

If we hadn’t been providing spirits then I would imagine we’d have got through around 300 or so beers, and maybe 15-20 bottles of wine.

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LovingLife89:  what are the options besides Bud Light? Sorry my snobbery is coming out, but that’s $2.60/drink for gross beer. Even accepting that they’ll have a mark-up I would at least make sure to get a better tasting beer. We had some Coors Light at my wedding only because I was (a) reminded that some people do actually like light beer and (b) that’s my dad’s favorite so if I’m going to serve something gross at least the father of the bride was happy!

I would order 2 kegs (different beers) and 30-40 bottles of wine (assuming that you’ll only pay for what’s opened it’s best to overshoot and not risk running out). 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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LovingLife89:  Personally I’d go regular Bud, but maybe pay attention to what your friends and family order when you go out the next few times! 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

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LovingLife89:  Most people I know will drink bud light, may not be their favorite but they still drink it. We are bringing in bottled drinks and I would have to look at home but my coordinator gave us standard quantities based on # of guests…However she did tell me that whatever you buy they will drink. So if there is a little they drink a little if there is a lot they drink a lot. She also told me that weddings bring out the closet drinkers, basically that dear aunt sally that never drinks given an open bar will now drink, something about people getting something free…LOL. when mine is gone its gone.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 

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LovingLife89:  man thats a lot for a keg. ours was like 150 for a large keg of alaskan white beer. i had another keg of rainer but didnt need it. we had about idk 75 people show up, all drinkers pretty much lol. and i think three or four cases of wine.( two white and two red)  the good thing about the wine is you can always drink the left over bottles lol, or give them out like to your mom or sisters. i wish i would have stuck with the one large keg. we had a lot of the left over rainer (which is a common cheap beer here) and it was hard to finish. i gave to to my bil and brother to try to finish. it took forever. also of course we had champagne. our reception was from 5 to midnight.

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Busy bee

We had 120 adults with an open bar and had 60 some bottles of wine, 2 kegs of beer and some random hard alcohol and ciders. Between providing drinks for clean up and such we had 3 bottles of red wine leftover. I’d say one keg should be good with bottled beer as a back up. 

In general though, I’d gently push back on the keg offerings. If there are a few local breweries that you’d prefer I would tell them which breweries and the specific type of beer you’d like and ask them to look into it. If that fails, tell them you’d like an alternative choice such as Goose Island, Stella or Budweiser Black Crown (all owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev). I only say this because I was planning a tradeshow booth at a massive convention centre where their contract was with Anheuser-Busch and my client wanted to serve local beer from a keg. The catering company provided me similar options to you and I said no, I want something local and provided the name of the brewery and type of beer I wanted.  They came back and said that wouldn’t be a problem. One last thing, when you’re serving from the keg, ask them to have the bartender serve sleeves (12oz/355ml) instead of pints so the beer lasts longer.

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Sugar bee

Maybe my crowd is full of alkies, but I would plan for at least 5-6 drinks per person. If you end up with leftover wine that you prepaid for, I would think you’d be able to take it home. The beer would get wasted though, because who wants to drink flat beer the next day from a tapped keg. If you end up buying more of one thing than the other/more than you think you need, let it be wine.

One 750-ml bottle of wine has ~5 5-oz. servings.

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