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Old 02-24-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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Hey, I'm getting married this year, around September. I would like to get one or two celebration brews, as well as an Oktoberfest, ready for this. Doesn't matter if it is a lager or ale. Anyone have any good ideas or suggestions for a wedding brew? It will be around September.

I was also looking into doing a few gallons of apfelwein, as well as blueberry wine. We both like fruit wines. Is wine hard to do?

Also, how many gallons beer and wine would be good for a wedding of around 20 or so people??

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:59 PM   #2
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Make sure your able to serve your home made alcohol wherever it is being held. Most venues wont allow it as well as bartenders ususally arn't legally allowed to serve a non-commercially brewed beer/wine.

But if its going to be in your parents back yard or something your all good!

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depends on the family! I could pic any 20 from my family and take 5 gallons and bring home most of that keg. I could take the same 5 gallons to my step dad's family (fun group) and within 20 minutes it'd be empty.

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if they're partiers figure maybe 5-10 drinks/person?

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Old 02-24-2009, 05:30 PM   #5
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I am making a chocolate stout to go with the chocolate fountain and a pale ale (SWMBO's fav) for our party favors. I am also thinking about making a Scotch Strong Ale for the wedding party and put it in some Growlers.

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Old 02-24-2009, 05:44 PM   #6
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I think a SMaSH has a lot of applicable wedding themes.

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Old 02-24-2009, 06:01 PM   #7
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Thanks,

I didn't even think about not being allowed to bring non commercial beer to the wedding site. Of course I could always throw a commercial label on the keg and just call it that

Well, since I wont be drinking it, i will need 5 gallons less My family and friends can drink quite a bit.

If I am not able to bring it on site, I can save the beer for a party before hand.Maybe I could make the wine and beer, as part of the guest tables centerpieces or gifts. One bottle or two to each to each guest of the beer, and one or two bottles of wine per table.

Anyways, what would be a good style? I have friends who range from drinking nothing but Budweiser, to others who are beer connoisseurs. what would be a good neutral style middle ground? IPA's are out, as well as porters, barley wines and such. I do like the idea of the choco stout and fountain.

What's a SMaSH??

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I did all of the wine and beer for my wedding too. It was outdoors in the summer and we figured 6-7 drinks per person (it went from 2pm-12am). x 60 people
I made an effort to keep the ABV relatively low due to the heat and duration.
Beer: APA, Red, Wheat, IPA (all 5.5% or less).
Wine: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon. (all 11% or less). Piece of cake to make if you can make decent beer BTW.

To give people something to do while we had our pictures taken we set up the Hors d’oeuvre hour like a beer/wine tasting, paring them with cheeses.

We took 200 bottles of beer, and 120 bottles of wine up there and brought back 2 cases of each. So, we averaged 8.5 drinks per person.
I forgot to mention that we had 5 gallons of "Hurricanes" (50/50 fruit juice and Rum), so we averaged 9.6 drinks per person.
Needless to say we had a great time!

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Old 02-24-2009, 06:10 PM   #9
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I like that idea about the beer/wine/cheese pairing. I am def. leaning towards bottles.

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What's a SMaSH??
Single Malt and Single Hop

Thought it'd be appropriate because it's two single ingredients coming together to make something better...kind of like marriage...hopefully...
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