Post # 1
My fiance and I have been homebrewing beer for over a year. We’re huge microbrew lovers and thought it would be a neat idea to give out single bottles as favors. We’re expecting to have no more than 200 guests and one batch of beer makes 50, 12 oz bottles and can cost about $50 a batch. So, not counting the cost of bottles (which we won’t have to buy because friends give us their recycled ones) and the cost of labels, its about $1 per favor. We’re probably going to make four different flavors and give them cool wedding themed names.
What we can’t figure out is the best way to give them to our guests.
– Leave them on the card table and tie cards with their names and table #s. (other people might steal them?)
– Put them at the place settings (could crowd the table)
-Hand them out on their way out the door? (ppl might not get it, or might think we’re encouraging them to drink and drive?)
-Do something else with them?
My dad is concerned that either the younger kids might try to steal them and drink them when no one is looking. Or, people will drink them at the tables. They’ll be warm and need to be cold to enjoy so I thought I can avoid that by writing that on the bottle to deter ppl from drinking them at the reception. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I would hand them out just so the kids don’t sneak off to the bathroom to drink them. Plus, if you physically hand them to people you can guarantee they won’t get left behind :).
Post # 4
@retroindigo: what a great idea, I would hand them out or just put them out at the end of the reception when people start leaving. That way the kids won’t even know they are there.
I just bought Darling Husband a conical fermenter for Christmas, we just finshed our first batch last week and went back to Corrado’s to start our new batch this weekend! 🙂
Post # 5
i love this idea! i wanted to do it – i have a friend that brews beer and he offered but it was just too expensive for me – bottling and everything. but i love love the idea!
we did champagne flutes full of hershey kisses and they looked really nice at the place setting so thats what i voted for – plus people will see them and remember to take them home 🙂
Post # 6
I was thinking about doing this too and had the same question! I believe everyone at the wedding will be of age, so I’m not so worried about that though. And hey if people leave them behind, I’d much rather have beer leftover than bags of jordan almonds.
Post # 7
We did this. 🙂
We did not have assigned seating, just assigned tables so we set them aside separately with a thank you tag and on the flip side was their name and table #.
Kids had a local juice that we made for them.
I think since the bottles are tagged for each individual person there’s no worry about people stealing them. It wasn’t an issue at ours, honestly.
I don’t know how often you guys have bottled them (we usually put them in growlers for home consumption) but one batch usually only makes in the 42-46 bottle range. Not filling all the way to the top and leaving a lot of the murky stuff at the bottom of the pail.
Cleaning the bottles were a pain in the a$$. We soaked them overnight in the bathtub, scrubbed them inside and out and sanitized in a dishwasher. In case you didn’t already know (which I’m sure you do!) only the amber home brew bottles are compatible with the caps you buy at your home brew store. And one specific Guinness Draft bottles work as well!
My husband and I had a total blast making these and all our guests loved them.
P.S. I highly recommend making extra! We had a couple that suddenly combusted! And put cardboard separators when you pack them (like a 12 pack) so that they don’t scrape against each other during transport.
<all images by erica lyn photography>
We also had fun with the ingredients section and made our own personalized UPC code with our weddign date. 🙂
Post # 8
@Gerbera: Thanks for the tips. I love the design! Did you put these out as guests came in for the repcetion or for when they were leaving?
We are very familiar with the process. We brew at least once a month if not more. Our friends are big microbrew drinkers so the bottles they have are all brown with pop-top (not twist off lids). I’ve actually found that if you run them through the dishwasher and turn it off before it gets to the steam/dry cycle, the labels just fall off. And if you rinse the bottles and clean them right after drinking them, you don’t have to scrub as hard.
We currently have a closet full of HBs already so having extra won’t be a problem. I thought about looking for smaller pony bottles like 8 ounces but I’d have to buy them and that would drive up the price. I’m excited to come up with different names for the beers. Future hubby is really creative when it comes to that.
For kids, we considered either brewing root beer or just buying it and putting it at their seats or tagging their names on it.
I really wanted to come up with a creative place card idea rather than just boring cards, so putting them on the bottles could be neat. If not, maybe gluing bottle caps on a card with their name and put the table number on the cap?