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Old 01-05-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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Default I'm brewing beer for 100's of people -- how much to brew?

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A very good friend is getting married September 21st, 2014. Their guest list of 150 includes some 100 beer enthusiasts.

Their beer menu is coming together: juicy IIPA, a big tripel, a proper wit and perhaps a fruit beer to round out the bunch.

How many servings of beer should I figure on brewing/kegging? 5 per person? 6? Is that too much? My beer will be the only beer served -- I'm not sure about the availability of wine/liquor.

Also, what ratio should there be of each beer? I'd imagine the wit will satisfy the bud light/blue moon crowd, so it might go faster than the others, etc.

Thanks for your thoughts!


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Old 01-05-2013, 10:27 PM   #2
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at least 100 beer enthusiasts? I'd say at least 15-20 gallons of the wit. 10 gallons of the tripel (how farnackling strong we talking?). 15+ gallons of the IIPA.
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At my wedding we went through just over two sankes for a little over 200 people. But we had wine and liquor.
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I would suggest a good sessionable pale ale. With that amount of enthusiasts I doubt they would want to keep refilling big-sippers,and wits and fruit beers may not be generally as popular with enthusiasts to fall back on. If your dead set on what your brewing then I would say do more of the wit.
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I would suggest a good sessionable pale ale. With that amount of enthusiasts I doubt they would want to keep refilling big-sippers,and wits and fruit beers may not be generally as popular with enthusiasts.
that is a damn good point. maybe drop the IIPA to a regular IPA. keep the wit to around 10 gallons. and 5-8 gallons of the tripel. and a good sessionable APA. and maybe brew a small batch for a select few. something truly sipping worthy.
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it all depends on how crazy the bride and groom want the reception. Is this an elegent sit down dinner or more of a party?
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damn you people & good points. I'll be quiet until we get more specifics on the people & guests.
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I agree with the majority of people not going for the big beers for long. Consider the month you'll be serving the beer, too. If it's a warm spring or summer Saturday, you'll need something lower in alcohol or all of those dressed up guests are going to get the sweats.

I might just do an extremely fresh hopped pilsner or IPA. Being able to pull off a really good pilsner is a real art as there's no room for mistakes (no room to hide) with a pils. That, and they're usually low alcohol. The wit will have enough of that Belgian spice to comfort the guests looking for something with a different character. The fruit beer should appeal to those looking for something sweet.


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