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June is the month for weddings, – or at least it’s one of the months for weddings. June is also the month for beer-drinking, – or at least it’s one of the months for beer-drinking.  And since beer will be served at most wedding receptions and weddings are perhaps the most planned parties one can attend, it is important to consider plans for the serving and drinking of beer.

First, key points to serving beer:

If your wedding is in Wisconsin, plan to serve a lot of beer. This point was stressed by my Wisconsinmade.com co-worker who for this blog post requests anonymity. She recalled her Wisconsin cousin’s wedding which for some strange reason occurred in Minnesota. In preparation, her uncle had requested five barrels (kegs), but the establishment owner said, “Oh, you’ll never need that many.” The Minnesotan only supplied four. By 10:00 pm the beer was gone. The Wisconsinites continued to party, but none-the-less, they remember the wedding as the one in which they ran out of beer.  If you do not wish your wedding to be so remembered, remember to supply a lot of beer if your guests hale from Wisconsin.

Offer a variety of beer/ale types. If you and your friends enjoy cheap beer, then you are lucky in the wallet, though sadly poor in gastronomic pleasure. Go ahead and get kegs of cheap beer, but for those guests who wear t-shirts saying “life’s too short to drink cheap beer” be sure to have bottles of quality micro-brews on hand. My co-worker is also the source of this tip. She says cheap keg beer gives her a headache, causes bloating, and… well, some symptoms are private.  Midwestmicrobrews. com lists 70 Wisconsin micro-breweries. Check out the site to find a brewery near you. If you do get kegs of the good stuff, be sure and let your guests know so they stop looking for the bottled brewskies.

Match the quality of the glassware to the quality of the beer. Cheap keg beer tastes sw(e)(i)ll  in plastic cups. The better the beer the more important it becomes to serve it in an appropriately-shaped glass. In a beginner’s guide to beer-drinking etiquette several beer connoisseurs describe what shape of glass in which to serve beers, ales, lagers, Stouts, etc. They also advise the temperature differences at which different styles of beer should be served. These writers seem highly experienced in the art of beer-drinking. It is probably best to follow their advice so your wedding guests, enjoying the full flavor of their beer, enjoy the full flavor of your celebration.

Next, key points to drinking beer:

Although a glass should always be offered with beer, not all guests will desire to use one. This is O.K. Considerations of beer quality and appropriate glassware aside, a guest’s decision whether or not to drink beer from a glass may be more motivated by gender and age, than by the beer’s taste. Insights into this issue are had by viewing film from a 1948 wedding in Blanchard, Wisconsin.

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