When it comes to choosing alcohol for a wedding, many people focus on picking liquor and wines, but there’s no reason to leave beer on the back burner. Many brides and grooms—and their guests—are beer aficionados, so don’t make beer an afterthought. As you narrow down the selection of brews you want your bartender to serve up, keep these tips in mind.
Start with a Budget
Like all other parts of your wedding, beer can get expensive in a hurry, and if you don’t have a budget in mind, you’re likely to overspend. Your budget can also help you cross some initial choices off your list. For example, if you want to keep your beer budget small, consider sticking to domestics from large breweries, while you may want to opt for imports and microbrews if you want to invest more in your beer selection.
Look to Your Guest List
As you’re picking beers, consider what you think your guests will prefer. If you and your friends spend the weekends hitting breweries, then it makes sense to assume that many of your guests will be looking for unique selections. However, if your guest list is mostly a cocktail and wine crowd, then a few basic beers could be all of you need. While you’re thinking of your guests, don’t overlook your own preferences as well. If you and your spouse-to-be love a good IPA, put it on the menu.
Consider the Time of Year
The time of year can have a big influence on your guests’ preferences for beer. For a summer wedding, lighter beers will usually be popular, while fall and winter wedding crowds may want stronger dark ales. You can always give a nod to the time of year of your wedding by offering a seasonal brew from your favorite brewery.
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