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Selecting The Right Beer For Your Wedding

Article by Matt Campbell

The selecting of beer for most weddings is on most grooms’ to-do lists. Selecting the right beverage for your wedding is an easy task for most. The most popular beers in the USA are Bud Light, Miller Light, Budweiser and Coors Light. However, for the past several years, there has been a boon in craft beer sales.

Budweiser is part of the world’s largest brewery company, Anheuser-Busch InBev. Anheuser-Busch is a European owned company but is brewed in the USA. Miller and Coors joined forces and are part of SABMiller. SABMiller has origins in South Africa but has many brewing locations in the USA. InBev and SABMiller account for approximately 95 percent of all beer sales in the USA.There are more than 1500 microbreweries across the USA and they account for less than 5 percent of all beer sales in the USA.  A microbrewery is classified as producing less than 2 million barrels of beer per year and have less than 10 percent ownership by InBev or MillerCoors.  In order to take share in the growing craft beer market, InBev and SABMiller have created many stand alone craft beer brands. InBev and SABMiller craft beers include Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, and Michelob Marzen. InBev also holds a stake in Red Hook and Widmer.When selecting a beer for your wedding, the green choice is to select a local beer. Buying local beer cuts down on all transportation emissions and supports your local economies. Many local breweries will sell kegs and bottles for your wedding reception. If not, inquire at your local liquor store. If you buy bottles, don’t forget to recycle them.There are a large amount of beer types being produced every year. The vast majority of beer drinkers in the USA like a light beer in taste and in color. Beer can fall into two classifications: ale and lager, depending on the type of yeast used in creation. The most common accepted beer types are light lagers and pale ales.  These popular beers are light in body and have low bitter taste.A recommendation can be made to beer selectors for weddings to choose beers that will make the most people at your reception happy. Common beer types include pale ale, light lager, and pilsner. I would recommend to stay away from ales that are darker and more full-bodied such as brown ale, porter and stout. However, if this is what the bride and groom like, buy a few six-packs and store them away for yourselves or select few who would enjoy them most.Popular craft beer selections by American microbreweries include Sam Adams Boston Lager (MA), Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (CA), New Belgium Fat Tire (CO), Pyramid Haywire (WA), New Glarus Spotted Cow (WI), Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Bock (TX).In conclusion, craft beer is more than a fad. Many beer drinkers are moving toward a more quality tasting beer with true beer ingredients. When selecting beer for your wedding reception, consider local brewery options available.  For more information about craft beer, visit Beer Advocate and Beer Wars Movie.

Matt Campbell is the owner and Webmaster of, an online wedding planning resource. features free wedding websites, wedding planning ideas and tools, local vendor listings, wedding song lists and wedding store.

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