Wedding Beer Help

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  1. WiscoNYC

    WiscoNYC Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2012 New York

    So I'm providing the beer for my wedding next weekend. My plan is an IPA, a wheat beer, and something more appealing to the macro drinkers like a pilsner or lager.

    For IPAs, I loaded up today at Other Half and will have cans of Equinox and Green Diamonds.

    For the wheat, I'm planning to get Allagash White.

    I'm struggling with the pilsner/lager. Any recommendations? I usually go for pilsners on the hoppier side like Victory Prima Pils, but I think I should find something less hoppy to have something appealing to those that don't like hoppy beers.

    So, thoughts? Thanks!
     
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  2. SCW

    SCW Poo-Bah (1,692) Jul 25, 2004 New York
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    support a fellow Badger in NYC ;-)

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  3. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,608) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I say provide the cheap stuff the majority probably clamors, regardless. Save the good beer for the honeymoon.
     
  4. StartedwithSAM

    StartedwithSAM Devotee (419) Feb 17, 2015 Virginia
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    This just ooooozed with wisdom, lol.
     
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  5. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (255) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    Prima Pils is good! Crisp would be good too. If you can't get those, go with Koutska 12 :wink: I had some last weekend and it was delicious!
     
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  6. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (1,697) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut
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    Sierra Nevada Nooner.
     
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  7. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,348) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Is it worth spending the extra money if it won't be appreciated. I'd put a few craft beers on tap then something cheap. Put keystone light on with a coors tap handle no one will ever know.
     
  8. ArsMoriendiOU818

    ArsMoriendiOU818 Zealot (535) Nov 5, 2013 Idaho

    Can't go wrong with Pilsner Urquell.
     
  9. T-34-85

    T-34-85 Defender (611) Nov 7, 2013 New York

    Not sure exactly where you are in NY State, but here are some lower hop content options:
    - Good Nature Blonde Ale would be a good light ale to compliment your selections (bombers or a keg).
    - Another option would be a california commons like Caz Commons by Henneberg Brewing (growlers or a keg).
    - I haven't had this, but have heard good things about the Ball Lightning Pilsner from Catskill Brewing (serving form unknown).
    - Brooklyn Summer Ale would be light and clean (bottles).
    - Saranac's Adirondack Lager would be a lighter lager that's reasonably low cost but still a respectable craft option (bottles).

    I know you were looking at Allagash White, but other wheat options would be Butternut Farms Brewery's Heinneweisse (Hefe-type) in cans, or Southern Tier's Hop Sun Wheat (bottles).
     
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  10. tjwarren

    tjwarren Disciple (323) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    If you want to appeal to the masses then BMC is the way to go but if that offends you or you just want them to try better beer I have a suggestion - Anchor Steam. For an ale - Fat Tire
     
  11. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Initiate (137) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois

    If they're macro drinkers, then just provide a macro and make them happy. I'm sure they're not going to be thrilled about figuring out which of these beers they've never heard of is closest to what they usually drink. It's not a big thing, but I've always thought that weddings go best when there's something for everyone. You've got the craft folks covered, what's the harm in throwing a bone to the BMC crowd?
     
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  12. hopnado

    hopnado Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan

    You can count on a bunch of angry well dressed people if you serve nothing but craft. Just get Bud regular and Miller Lite or maybe even some Stella
     
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  13. Beerds

    Beerds Initiate (0) May 13, 2015 Alabama

    Get the BMC for the masses and have a special stash for yourself and your closet beer appreciating buddies
     
  14. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,164) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Fat Tire. The folks around here lose their minds for the stuff, even folks who swear by their BMC.
     
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  15. PJ_

    PJ_ Initiate (164) Nov 13, 2014 North Carolina
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    Scratch the White and Lager/Pils to get BMC. Use the rest of the budget from those two to get more volume of IPA or a nice APA. That way you keep both sides happy.
     
  16. chrisjws

    chrisjws Champion (803) Dec 3, 2014 California
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    I had Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Gordon Biersch Pilsner, Gordon Biersch Marzen and Coors at my wedding. The venue had to get everything through their distributor, so my hands were tied from getting much more than that. My advice is try to have good stuff that'll keep people happy, but don't overthink it because you'll have the rest of your life to fuss over beer. Just saying.
     
  17. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 Alaska

    MGD is the champagne of beers... And good for keg stands
     
  18. Bonsall_Phil

    Bonsall_Phil Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 California

    I just served Lagunitas Pils to my family at a graduation party and it was a total hit.
     
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  19. imbrue002

    imbrue002 Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2014 Maryland

    If it was me, and I was trying to appeal to everyone, I'd serve a nice saison like Dupont or whatever.
    But to answer your question - Jack's Abby Hoponius Union.
     
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  20. rabbitguy

    rabbitguy Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2009 Illinois

    Three have been mentioned The Crisp, Prima Pils, and Pilsner Urquell. All good choices. Others have mentioned the BMC lineup for the masses. Your IPA and wheat choices are good.
     
  21. OrangeMen

    OrangeMen Disciple (310) Jan 26, 2014 New York

    Honestly, i would never consider serving good beer at a wedding. 95% of the people there dont care...and wont care. You want to spend a little extra on the wedding, there are plenty better areas to sink those dollars
     
  22. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (255) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    haha! awesome
     
  23. rabbitguy

    rabbitguy Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2009 Illinois

    You are correct sir, but 95 % might be a little high. You want to take care of your family and friends with the good stuff.
     
  24. MUTINY

    MUTINY Meyvn (1,050) Feb 6, 2015 Virginia

    Miller Lite, baby!
     
  25. OrangeMen

    OrangeMen Disciple (310) Jan 26, 2014 New York

    For sure, if i could go back and do my wedding over again i would have mixed in a few great beers with the groomsmen or my uncles.
     
  26. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (255) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    what do YOU want to drink? I would 100% buy beer you want to drink. I did. Noone went home thirsty. When else will you be able to splurge and do it for you!
     
  27. Ballard7003

    Ballard7003 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2013 Georgia

    I did Yuengling for the people at my wedding that didn't drink much craft. I saved all the IPAs and stouts for people that would enjoy them. The Chocolate Rain was for me haha.
     
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  28. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    I'd go with Anchor Steam.
     
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  29. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,635) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    A simple kegger of Yuengling would work for anybody, ever beer geeks. It's a wedding not a beer tasting, bring some special stuff for those who could appreciate the difference. You could even throw in a case on SNPA on the side as well. Would be simple, appeal to most everyone, and cost effective.
     
  30. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (255) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    I went with Anchor Liberty for mine.
     
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  31. CMiesen

    CMiesen Initiate (66) Apr 25, 2015 California

    Went to a wedding last night they had SNPA and Coors light the SNPA was gone before the water. It all depends on the crowd but with your other two choices already I say go cheap macro and be done with it.
     
  32. WCKDVBZ

    WCKDVBZ Initiate (0) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    No Stout or Porter? Or anything else dark. Sierra Nevada Porter and/or Stout and Founders Porter.
     
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  33. inchrisin

    inchrisin Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    Reds are a crowd pleaser.
    Hefes are a crowd pleaser
    I hate to say it, you gotta have a macrobrew
     
  34. WiscoNYC

    WiscoNYC Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2012 New York

    Thanks for all the responses!

    @Sixpoint The Crisp is what I wanted to get, but my soon to be mother-in-law asked me politely to get bottles for the remainder of the beers, so I unfortunately have to come up with something else.

    As for you others, with the variety of drinks we'll have I think everyone will be pleased even with a lack of BMC. As for Fat Tire and Yuengling, those are two beers I have never liked, so not going with those. I think I'm gonna go with SN Nooner Pils, which I think will please the masses and is more welcoming than Victory Prima or FW Pivo. That will go along with the Other Half IPAs and Allagash White. I may also grab a couple cases of a porter, something like Founders or Smuttynose Robust.
     
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  35. hopnado

    hopnado Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan

    High Life is the champagne of beers
     
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  36. charlzm

    charlzm Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2007 California

    K.I.S.S. - fancy macro lager (Stella, Heineken), accessible wheat beer (Blue Moon) and a craft IPA. Sadly, I still wouldn't find much to drink since I'm a stout/porter/brown ale kinda guy, but oh, well...
     
  37. Nmelione

    Nmelione Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2014 New Jersey

    +1, such a fantastic beer
     
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  38. rabbitguy

    rabbitguy Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2009 Illinois

    MGD came after Miller Highlife.
     
  39. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 Alaska

    Shows how much I know about BMC
     
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