A CRAFT BEER WEDDING Guest Itinerary A great way to ensure that your people have a good time without a ton of effort is by providing a list of places to stay that are in close proximity to breweries, along with including how to get there and which are your favorite ones. You can make a brewery map, list tour times, which ones have food on site, and whether or not they are family or dog friendly. Don’t forget to add on the great restaurants with craft beers that you may not be able to get anywhere else close by. Suggest places to visit after the wedding to keep the party going!
Riah Durick West Sixth Farm Do you and your partner love craft beer? Are you regulars at your favorite brewery? Do you bring home bottles and cans from your travels to pop open on special nights? Do the two of you fall in love with each other again and again over a good craft beer, and want to weave it into your big day? There’s something cozy about craft beer. It makes you feel at home and at ease while creating a relaxed joy that fills hearts and taste buds with unique flavor. Having craft beer sprinkled about your blissful bash will set a perfect tone, leaving your friends and family feeling like it may have been the best celebration they’ve ever been to. The guests at my own ceremony are still raving about actually being allowed to have a local beer (in a pretty blue mason jar) while they watched my husband and I exchange vows. Let’s talk about all the fun ways you can ensure that this piece of you is experienced by your guests on the weekend you’re set to marry!
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Rehearsal Dinner Quite a few breweries have event spaces, big beer gardens, or even farms with gorgeous plots of land. Explore your options and choose a space that reflects your personality and feels like home− a place where you can eat your favorite food, whether it be catered or made in the brewery kitchen, and drink exactly what you want. Customizable beer packages are almost always an option, which gives you some control of the bar tab. These open spaces are also usually a blank canvas, making it easy to put perfect touches on the decor and ambiance of your night before. The Big Day Do any of your favorite breweries have the option to buy kegs? You can usually get 1/6 barrels - 45 or so beers - and buying three or more varieties will satisfy everyone. Make sure to grab something hoppy, something light and easy, and a decadent dark ale. Are you working with a caterer? Talk with them about your local craft beer options. They may have the inside scoop to more varieties and how to serve them well, taking some pressure off your to-do list.
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Get creative with flavor! There are hundreds of beer cocktail recipes online and I bet that the breweries you frequent have secret concoctions that make their beer shine. If you’re still deciding on food, ask one of your beloved bartenders to help you make a list of food pairings you can share with your guests to create an immersive taste bud experience. Customize! Get some pint glasses etched with your favorite design, the date or #hashtag so that your guests can continue the celebration at home. Use empty growlers as centerpiece elements. Do party favors right with a can of beer, a custom glass, and some fun stickers. The Following Day Create a small itinerary for your guests with options to reconnect and recover together after the big party. Suggest a great brewery with a brunch option. Time it perfectly with a free tour. Tell them which bartenders will be working that day and to say hi to them for you! When it’s all said and done, your wedding guests will know you by your love of craft beer. This love will be reflected throughout the weekend in all the details. Your people will enjoy themselves and experience your favorite things, and you’ll get to live out these memories over and over as you sit in these treasured places time and time again.