OUR FAVOURITE WEDDING BEERS
THE BEST BEERS FOR YOUR WEDDING
ANYTHING BUT GREAT NORTHERN
Okay, I’ll come right out and say it. I’m making this list in the hopes that you, dear reader, will plan your wedding around the beer choices and have me come shoot it. Deal? Nah…huh? Well, a man can dream, can’t he.
Nevertheless, if you’re anything like me, your tastebuds are 25-35 years old, they wear flannel and have giant beards, and are craving a decent date with a variety of hops and malts. Kinda horrifying picture. But you know what? It’s true. You know it, and I know it.
So let’s get down to basics.
BE A LAD
Your wedding venue can be strict or casual when it comes to alcohol and byo. Some venues have deals with suppliers where they order the usual Fat Yaks and Pure Blondes. Others don’t include alcohol and you’ll have to bring your own. This is the sweeter deal, obviously. To be safe, double check in with where you’re getting hitched before launching ahead and buying a pallet of your preferred brew.
IS IT BLOODY HOT OR F*CKIN’ FREEZING?
What you provide for your guests should match the season. Who wants to drink a choc-oat stout on a 40 degree day? Besides me, I mean.
In summer consider crisp refreshing beers. Have a couple varieties. One with a strong hoppy kick, and another that’s closer to a Pilsner.
During colder weather you should absolutely consider porters and stouts. But these generally aren’t to a lot of people’s tastes. A good mid-range malty beer should tide people over.
GUESTS ARE PEOPLE TOO
Have a think about your crowd. Weddings usually bring a big mix of people from different backgrounds and tastes together. There’ll be people in our crowd who love a hoppy smack across the face, and others who prefer something easy to drink.
Consider drivers and those who love beer but don’t wanna get trashed too early. A mix of lower alcohol and stronger brews should do the trick here.
And of course, the non-beer drinkers. A range of local ciders (Bilpin Cider and Hillbilly Cider), hard lemonade/ginger beer, soft drinks, kombucha and wine could all be winners.
CHECK YO’ SELF (NO, REALLY)
Specifically your own tastes, the drinks that suit you as a couple, and your wallets.
Some of the beers that I’m about to list lean toward the pricier side, which is worth it for a select number of guests, but maybe not so for Uncle Jimbo. You’ll also notice they’re all local, considering the environment. Be efficient, keep a budget, and be wise with your selections.
HERE’S A LIST OF OUR FAVOURITE WEDDING BEERS
There’s a fairly wide selection here, each with their own special releases, standard IPA’s, darker beers and more. I’ve noted my personal favourites beside each brewer. Let’s go.
Young Henry’s - Summer Hop IPA, Newtowner, Natural Lager
Badlands Brewery - Draughty Kilt Scottish Ale, Brewbacca Kolsch
Batch Brewery - Voodoo Gold, Elsie the Milk Stout, Pash the Magic Dragon
Colonial Brewing - Australia IPA, South West Sour
Modus Operandi - Session IPA, Red IPA, Silent Knight Porter
Balter - XPA
Hop Nation - Jedi Juice (duh), The Punch Mango Gose
Pirate Life - Throwback, Mosaic, Stout, IIPA
Have I missed any of your favourites? Hit us with a message and let’s get together and knock a couple back.