We really lucked out, I think, on the alcohol portion of our wedding. Our venue is somewhat odd in that they take care of alcohol and tables and linens and stuff—basically everything BUT food (more on that front later). This is a unique byproduct of its function as the Women’s National Democratic Club, for which they host events all the time.
We opted for a full bar with a champagne toast because the price difference between that and beer and wine only was pretty negligible, and I really wanted to use these babies with some bubbly:
Clearly, Wolfman and I do enjoy an adult beverage or two, and it’ll be nice to give our guests a full selection. In addition to pretty standard liquor and mixers, here’s our wine list:
Le Souchais Chardonnay 2009
CH. LaBarthe Bordeaux AOC 2009
Gilles Benoit Pinot Noir Classique 2009
Due Torri Pinot Grigio 2010
Cape Roca Vinho Verde 2010
Jean Dumont Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Confession—I know NOTHING about wine. I have no idea what that list even means. Winos—are these decent enough options? Should we try to add something else?
The language we really speak is beer. That’s both of our choice beverages and our venue, awesomely, will actually take suggestions for beers we’d like to serve and just order some cases (their thinking is that they’ll be able to serve them just as easily at future events). Apparently they keep some standards stocked—Sam Adams, Amstel Light, Budweiser—but Wolfman and I like the idea of adding a beer or two that is a little off the beaten path—our version of a signature cocktail, if you will. Here’s some options:
(Image via PolandforAll.com)
Zywiec (pronounced, crazily, “jivitz”) is Wolfman’s favorite beer, and does double duty as an homage to his Polish heritage.
(Image via DC Brau)
We could easily do something from local brewer DC Brau, preferably their Belgian pale ale, the Citizen. A clear nod to our wedding location.
(Image via MacDowell’s Brew Kitchen)
Starr Hill’s “The Love” is a good option for obvious reason—what event is more connected to love than a wedding? Starr Hill is also based near Charlottesville, Virginia, so this would be a nice way to connect to my undergrad days at UVA (and Mrs. Mink’s hometown!).
We could also easily choose a beer from one of the many places we’ve traveled, although it would be hard to single one out above the others.
How did you choose your alcohol menu? Did you opt for crowd-pleasers or something a bit more personal?