Post # 1
My fiance and I have been homebrewers for about 1 1/2 years so when we got engaged on Christmas we instantly decided to brew beer for the wedding – not to drink during, but as favors. We invited about 210 people but may only have 175 at the wedding – and maybe about 20 or less are teenagers/kids.
We made 5 different types: an amber ale with honey, a pale ale with jasmine green tea, a triple-hopped pale ale, a wit (wheat beer with orange peel and coriander) and a Belgian Dubbel (darker ale) with chocolate/citrus notes.
We plan to put them on the escort card table at the end of the night and tell people (either through signs on their dinner tables or an announcement by DJ or both) to please grab a bottle on the way out as their favor. We plan to pick up some fancy root beer for the underage people so they at least have something.
But, I’m slightly concerned that either a) people won’t be interested and won’t take one, or b) it might get left behind on the bus we’re providing for hotel guests, or guests will be annoyed at having to carry it out and won’t take it for that reason.
I have a lot of friends who would gladly take multiples, but I’m just a little worried about the older crowd. That and most of my immediate family are Coors light drinkers and while they’ve tried our homebrews at special occasions, they’re more used to the watered down light beers!
We will happily take the left overs home to drink later, but I’m just worried we’re putting so much time and effort into it and it wont be appreciated or used (we had labels printed up on zazzle and I spent three hours last night tying tags on to ribbons to describe each beer.)
Would you like this favor? Should I find some way to make it easier for guests to carry their beer out?
Post # 3
i say do it! I would love that as a guest! I think it’s great that you have such a variety too.
I wouldn’t worry about people not taking it home – I’m sure, like you said, that your friends and other people would want multiples if not all gets taken.
Post # 4
I think it’s a cool idea. You could make custom labels that explain your brewing process… very cool!
Post # 5
My fiance is a homebrewer and we did this for our engagement party. We brewed up a raspberry wheat ale. Everyone loved it! I STILL after a month get comments on what a wonderful favor that was. Those who don’t drink alcohol took them as keepsakes to remain unopened, with our custom tag still attached. I say go for it! It outs a little of “you” in the idea, you know?
Post # 6
I’m not a beer drinker so I wouldn’t have it. But I bet my hubs would be more than willing to take my bottle : ) Even as a non beer drinker I recognize how much time and effort would go into this and I would think it was a REALLY cool thing to do.
Post # 7
I think it’s a neat idea. I personally wouldn’t drink one because I’m not a fan of beer. If you crowd drinks beer I’m sure they will like it and try it for the novelty of it. Even though I wouldn’t drink it I would probably take mine home for my Fiance to drink later. Other people might do the same if they have a beer lover at home.
Post # 8
Of course! What an awesome idea! We also brew our own beer and soda…….thinking about starting wine 😀
Post # 8
That’s such a great idea! I would love that as a guest. We wanted to do something similar at our wedding but our venue wouldn’t allow it 🙁
Post # 9
I think it’s a great idea! While I don’t drink beer, I’d definitely take it home and offer it to someone who does.
Post # 10
I think it’s cool. My husband would love it and would happily drink mine if I didn’t get around to it. The only reason I wouldn’t take it is if I were flying home.
Post # 11
uhhh yeah! i tought about doing this because i have a buddy that brews beer and its always sooo tastey – it was just too pricey for us and we were running out of time, but do it! and get cute labels!
Post # 12
I would take it and give it to someone else :). It’s a cute idea, just not a beer fan.
Post # 13
very cute idea b/c the favor is something personal to you as a couple!
By the way we brew our own beer & that green tea beer sounds interesting! 😉
Post # 14
We’ve made up the same label to apply to all the beers, which has our wedding colors. As corny as it sounds, we actually kind of used beer as a theme for our wedding. Our invites have green hops and green leaves on a vine going down the side! So green and teal are our colors. Each beer label says our name, wedding date, then “Hoppily Ever After” and “brewed with love.”
Then we have hang tags in teal and green letters that have the name of the beer and a short description of it. For example: “Honey’s Little Helper, an amber ale brewed with sweet malts and wildflower honey. Perfect for that weekend ‘honey-do’ list.”
My mom is just concerend that ppl will be annoyed at having to carry it out to the car, or having it roll around in the car on the way home. We might try to save a bunch of empty six-pack cases from my fiance’s bar to offer for ppl to carry theirs out.
Its ended up to be a pricey process (about $400 or so for all the supplies, labels, etc – but the bottles were recycled, hency we’ve been drinking a lot!)
But I guess that migh be kinda average for a wedding favor, no? Maybe other favors are less?
Do you think I need to tell people it doesn’t need to be refriderated right away since it hasnt been refridgerated yet?
Or put up a sign describing the brewing process? (ppl ask us all the time but when i start to tell them, i thnk ppl’s eyes start to gloss over and they dont care anymore because i get really detailed when i explained it.)
Post # 15
I LOVE THIS IDEA! My Dad has been brewing beer since I was young so hand crafted brew is very special to me. I would 100% take one, and if there are extra I would be more than willing to take more.