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Revolution has a second space located in a taproom and production facility that is designed for cocktail party-style weddings. “It’s industrial and funky and has a little bit of a shock factor because it’s huge,” Rutledge says. One wall of the space is entirely glass and shows off the production lines. The space itself contains bourbon barrels that are aging beer. “You’re really in the middle of the building and brewing [production],” Rutledge says. SweetWater Brewing Co. of Atlanta also has two spaces with different atmospheres. Its Tasting Room is a more casual space with a large wall of glass windows and an outdoor patio with a bandstand and bar. The Reel Room has more formal elements, including a custom SweetWater back bar, Georgia marble bar top and custom wood barstools, says Carrington Moore, SweetWater’s director of enjoyment and events.

A couple poses among the kegs at Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co.

Patrick and Meredith Pellegrini tie the knot in Chicago’s Revolution Brewing’s Brewer’s Lounge.

Unique Experiences Breweries can offer unique experiences for guests that couples can’t get with traditional event spaces. At Boulevard, guests get to have the full line of year-round Boulevard beers and wines that aren’t at other Kansas City event spaces. Deschutes, Revolution and SweetWater all offer private tours to wedding guests, and SweetWater includes a souvenir pint glass as a favor. The tours give guests a chance to learn about the beers from the brewery’s expert servers. “We understand that not everybody drinks beer,” Rutledge says. “People who are not normally beer drinkers will go on the tour and try it.” Some breweries can even provide a rustic outdoor farm experience. Rogue Ales of Portland, Ore., operates two farms in the area, growing ingredients like barley and hops for its Chatoe line of beers. The brewer hosts weddings at its Hop Farm in Independence, Ore. Couples can marry outdoors amongst the vines of floral hops, and then move into the rustic barn for the reception. Guests can enjoy the ambience of the farm and its surrounding fruit and nut orchards, and, of course, partake in Rogue’s beer and spirits. Beyond the Beer As with their beers, brewers are passionate about food. “People are always surprised by our food quality. They know we do a nice job but are blown away,” says Deschutes’ Leach. Pellegrini needed a menu at Revolution to fit her and her husband’s vegetarian lifestyle. “They were super accommodating about creating a menu with vegetarian options,” she says. That even included a localinspired, late-night snack — vegan Chicagostyle hot dogs — to match the local brews. “The food and beer together were just outstanding at Revolution,” Pellegrini says. © Brides 365

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