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Old 03-01-2012, 01:05 AM   #1
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So I'm getting married in June which leaves about 3 months to go

My future wife and I decided to serve some home-brew which should make quite the impression, and ensure everybody is having a good time. The venue will not allow outside beer due to liscencing. However, the day before the wedding we are hosting an outdoor BBQ for our guests outside up in the Colorado Rockies. So the plan is to serve the beer there. We are expecting about 80 or so adult guests at this gathering. My plan is to brew 4 cornies with the following selection:

Saison de Fraise - Strawberry Saison
Colorado Glacier Ale - IPA
JD's Wit - Hefeweizen
Vanilla Porter

I'm hoping the selection goes over well with the guests. I think there is a decent variety. Also, I'm unsure how to serve it. I have a full kegging system to support 4 kegs and picnic taps which may suffice.

The Saison and Porter are underway. Looking foreward to the celebration and serving tasty beer!

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:12 AM   #2
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May wanna have something bmc drinkers might enjoy....id suggest a centennial blonde

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:14 AM   #3
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May wanna have something bmc drinkers might enjoy....id suggest a centennial blonde
Agreed. For a crowd pleaser, you're going to want something very mellow and easy to drink. The hefe is a good pick, but maybe add a mild pale ale or blonde as a second option.

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I'm having a graduation party myself in July, and the first thing I came to realize is that I don't want to be serving heavy beers in July. I am serving 4 light styles, an IPA, and some Apfelwine for the ladies.

There are some great recipes for Blonde Ales, Brown Ales, Cream Ales, APA, Light Lagers...you get the idea.

Just a thought.

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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It's possible you'll run out--I brewed up 6 batches that served 90 at a wedding and only came home with 2 cases. Not that running out is a bad thing! I'll give a +1 to a blonde instead of the porter, or maybe a nice, quaffable red ale

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Too lazy to look it up, but I know there's a great thread about a large trash bin or yard waste bin on wheels that someone converted for a party similar to yours. He had four tappers and filled it with ice.

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Calculating the keg to guest ratio, and depending on the crowd there's a good chance you'll run out. Maybe that matters, maybe it doesn't.

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Ahhhhh......Biermunchers Centenial Blonde..........

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Calculating the keg to guest ratio, and depending on the crowd there's a good chance you'll run out. Maybe that matters, maybe it doesn't.
There's 40 pints in a corny right? That means you'll have 160 pints so that's two pints per person. You know your guests so that might be plenty or you might run out in half an hour.
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Great suggestions here so far. I could always do 5 kegs and add a blond. The IPA is highly drinkable with the recipe I have. Even non-hopheads really enjoy it. The porter may be a tough sell. If I have too much...well I'll just have some left over ready to go after the wedding.

I'm still not sure how to serve. It seems that using picnic taps may warm the beer too much. I really don't want to construct any portable dispensing unit since I don't see myself using it after the wedding. Maybe I could lug the enitre kegerator to the venue, lol!

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