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Old 07-13-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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I am getting married in just over a year. I want to brew the beer for the wedding, probably 3 kinds, 6 total corny kegs. Has anyone else tried this? The biggest hurdle at this point appears to be the venue. I am allowed to arrange for my own bartender and alcohol services but the venue mentions not allowing kegs. Any thoughts on how I can convince these killjoys that my corny kegs of homebrew are different than a "keg" of beer. Otherwise I will be bottling and storing something like 280 bottles, and dealing with the likelihood that people will be turned off by the sediment found in homebrew bottles.

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:34 PM   #2
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Congrats!
I think the best you can do is to tell them exactly what you posted above. And it helps to talk to the boss. At least in my experience, the contact person isn't the one who can make the decisions on stuff like that.

And I'll throw out names I've seen on other wedding threads, just for fun.
Wit Wedding
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EDIT: Something Borrowed, Something Brewed

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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If it were me, I'd say you will be serving out of a nice Jockey Box in pint or half pint wedding glasses. Less trash and clean up. You can hide the jockey box and just have the tap sticking out. You can bottle beer off keg without yeast at the bottom of of the bottle, but it would take a long time. You want that day to be as easy as possible. This is a good reason to get another toy. But not a crappy cooler like this.

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Yea this is an excellent opportunity/excuse to build a sweet jockey box, I think that cooler is wedding ready. The issue remains "no kegs allowed", I need creative reasoning for the venue's staff to allow home brew kegs.

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Old 07-14-2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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I was thinking new gear as well, but more along the lines of the Beer Gun. With that you can start playing with labels and themes. Tho kegs would obviously be a heckuva lot less trouble and time.

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I would approach them carefully, and nonchalantly ask about why no kegs. You may find they have a written policy that is not always enforced. They probably had a party at one time that got out of hand, and the policy is a reaction to a bad experience. Possibly they have preconceived notions about parties with kegs getting out of hand. Is there a University nearby? Also, remember, they run events, they probably have a good idea how much beer and drink the average crowd consumes.

Either way, I can't think it's going to be easy. What you are talking about is 6 cornies, that's a full barrel, or two half barrel kegs. That's gonna seem like a lot of beer to them, and if they fall prey to preconceived notions about homebrew, it will all be high octane moonshine, not the low grade common beer they are used to seeing. You probably have two hills to climb here.

You may be able to rationalize it by doing the math and pointing out they would allow you to bring 13 cases of beer in bottles, but not 6 cornies? Depending on how many people you have, 13 cases will be considered a lot too.

Good luck, I hope it works out for you!

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The place that I'm getting married at this year also has a no keg policy because they say it's always messy. Leaky tubs, water stains, etc. You might be alright with talking to the head hancho and how you'd be serving it. There's a reason they don't want kegs, avoid it and I bet you'd be alright.

(I made three brews for my wedding in Nov...the porter I've made a million times tastes like crap, the Censored clone is "tinny" and I have my first infected batch in one of my Zombie Dust carboys...)

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Agreed - you'll have to find the reason for no kegs and then assure them whatever the issue is... won't be one. Obviously grease the guy with with a sixer if possible. If that doesn't work then tell him that you'll arm wrestle him for it. If its still a no go then maybe you can skate around by bottling in growlers and then serving in cups.

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Old 07-16-2013, 03:59 PM   #9
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I brewed 8 beers for my wedding. All was bottled. I onyl took right around half of what I had and most all of it was drank.

As for legality, I don't have a clue as it depends on the state, that and I had my wedding at a private residence and not a business.

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