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Old 04-18-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Need 3-4 beer styles for a wedding...GO!

I need to pick 3-4 beer styles for my brother's wedding in August!

My other brother and I will be homebrewing 150-200 bottles.

There will be about 180-200 guests, only about 100 will be drinking and most will drink moderate amounts (2-4 drinks).

There will also be 50-60 bottles of assorted homemade red wine and store bought whites and about 50 of the drinkers will probably drink nothing but wine.

Here are the 4 styles of homebrew we are thinking of doing for the event:
for the BMC drinkers:
1. Cream Ale (4.3%abv)
2. American Wheat (blue moon clone 5.5%abv)

For the more refined beer drinkers:
3. American IPA (Columbus/Cascade, 6.5%abv)
4. Belgian Tripel (9.0%abv)

Any suggestions on our choice of brews for a crowd?
I already have a good recipe I've done before for the American Wheat, Tripel and IPA.

I'm still thinking there should be a few cases of BMC for those who don't like our homebrew, I'd rather they not waste it!

It's pretty exciting to think about serving up to 100 people our own homebrews! I get excited when even one friend tries one of my best brews and is amazed that I brewed that!

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Old 04-18-2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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A tripel sounds like the perfect wedding beer to me.

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I'm currently brewing for a wedding June 30th. I've got my IRA about to go in a keg, I'll be brewing BM's Cenntenial Blonde next weekend and then I still have to figure out a 3rd style. Im leaning towards an APA.

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Old 04-18-2012, 03:35 PM   #4
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I'm currently brewing for a wedding June 30th. I've got my IRA about to go in a keg, I'll be brewing BM's Cenntenial Blonde next weekend and then I still have to figure out a 3rd style. Im leaning towards an APA.
Make sure there is also BMC there so the Coors drinkers don't waste a bunch of your best homebrew! That's the main reason I'm doing the $15 cream ale batch!
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Make sure there is also BMC there so the Coors drinkers don't waste a bunch of your best homebrew! That's the main reason I'm doing the $15 cream ale batch!
I'm buying the ingredients as my gift to my buddy, and he's buying two cases of lite for people drink if they choose. Best part is, at the end of the night, I take what's left in the kegs home with me!
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:42 PM   #6
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Those sounds like solid choices.

A blonde ale (maybe a Belgian blonde?) would be another good choice... but I honestly can't fault any of your selections.

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Wheat beer is a solid choice, especially around my neck of the woods, so I'm glad you have that covered.

At my wedding, we had some BMC (I think miller), Boulevard Wheat, Sam Adams double bock, and some Avery Mephistopheles. Pretty much everyone was happy. If I were to do it all over again, I would have liked a spiced (cinnamon, orange peal, coriander) tripel over the double bock.

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If I had to pick right now, I'd say:

Munich Helles
Classic American Pilsner
Belgian Tripel
Imperial IPA

But then again, it depends on how much time you have. My tripel takes 3 months from brewing to drinking.

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If I had to pick right now, I'd say:

Munich Helles
Classic American Pilsner
Belgian Tripel
Imperial IPA

But then again, it depends on how much time you have. My tripel takes 3 months from brewing to drinking.
Yea a good 3 months on my brother's Tripel. I have time though wedding is in August.
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