Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ask the Internet: Wedding Beer?

Welcome to our third installment of Ask the Internet! This week, our question comes from a tall, pale, somewhat out-of-shape frugal food blogger who’s marrying her Husband-Elect in a little under ten months. She writes:

Q: I’m a tall, pale, somewhat out-of-shape frugal food blogger who’s marrying my Husband-Elect in a little under ten months. Our wedding venue is providing us with four kinds of beer. The first three, selected by the venue, are Heineken, Bud Light, and another paler ale. We get to choose the fourth. We’re undecided so far, and wanted to throw a challenge out to CHG readers: suggest your favorite beer (available in NYC) in the comment section. We’ll take the top five most-mentioned and hold a tasting. The winning brew will be served at the wedding. What do you think about that, Kris, whom I’ve never met, and don’t resemble in the least?

A: I think that’s a great idea, Unidentified Writer! So, readers – what beer should this totally random person have at her upcoming nuptials? (I hear her current preferences are Smithwick’s, Brooklyn Lager, Newcastle, and DogFish Head.) Go nuts with the comments/ideas, and we’ll … I mean she’ll … hold a tasting and reveal the winner in a blog post later this week!

Want to ask the interweb a question? Post one in the comment section, or write to Cheaphealthygood@gmail.com. Then, tune in next Tuesday for an answer/several answers from the good people of the World Wide Net.

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31 comments:

holls said...

I am a huge fan of Smithwicks, you should absolutely include that in the tasting. Another great beer I would consider is Bell's Two-hearted ale, IPA - one of the best. Yuengling has a good black & tan also if you want to balance out the light beers with a little more body. I think all three of these deserve to be part of your tastings. Good luck!!

Hannah Ruth said...

Not sure if it is available in NYC or not, but I highly recommend Long Trail Blackberry Wheat. Don't let the name fool you, it is not sweet and the hint of blackberry is barely discernable.

Tasha said...

Hmm... Brooklyn Lager would likely go well with your current choices, and it's local (right?), which is something I came in here to suggest.

Other idea: Since the other three choices are kind of mainstream and light, what about a dark(er) craft beer? My current favorites are Duck Rabbit Porter and Stone Smoked Porter. If those are too dark, or if it'll still be to warm for porters, lagers like you suggested are good.

Linda said...

Ooh... I say Newcastle, Fat Tire, Shiner Bock. In that order.

Cat Scott said...

I agree with Tasha that a darker/craft beer would be an excellent addition. My personal fave from the northeast is Magic Hat #9; it's a smooth pale ale with fruity undertones that would please a majority of guests. I know I would be stoked if a wedding I attended had #9!

Kati said...

Fat Tire!

drphibes said...

Since we don't know what food will be served... first, I'd suggest striving for variety which means going to the darker end of the spectrum. Second, to stay frugal, I'd stay away from the truly micro breweries and exotic seasonals. Third, I'm a big believer in domestic beer for freshness and value. So I'd suggest Brooklyn Brown. Local, relatively inexpensive for a craft, good with a variety of food.

Alicia said...

I like Long Trail and will recommend another Vermont beer, with the caveat that it's really best on tap. Magic Hat #9 is a wonderful summery brew, bright and citrusy right out of the tap. I've found it to be perfectly fine bottled, but it loses its brightness. Give it a try!

Tasha said...

Oh, Shiner Bock, for sure. It's a little different, but not too much so, for your less adventurous guests. I think Newcastle is way too sweet, but that's just me.

thewegger said...

Butternuts' Porkslap! try it!

It's fairly local and reasonably priced. wish it was more widely available in philly, but it's making inroads.

Amanda on Maui said...

Redbridge, for any guests who may be on a gluten-free or wheat free diet. They'll appreciate it, and the beer tastes great. It's a darker beer that everyone from the average Joe to the beer snob will enjoy.

Ms. Meg said...

Magic Hat #9, Brooklyn Lager, or maybe something a little darker like Bell's Brown?

Anna N said...

Oh man, I am pretty unqualified to answer this, since I mostly like brown ales and porters, but my votes go to:
Brooklyn Brown Ale
Magic Hat #9
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale
Smuttynose Star Island Single (a medium-bodied golden ale, with some fruitiness & spice but not frouffy at all -- frouffy is a word, right?)
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (liked by both my boyfriend, an IPA fan, and me, a brown ale fan)

Evelyn said...

I'd also suggest something darker, perhaps a stout or porter from your favorite local brewery. Left Hand Milk Stout is one of my very favorite beers, but it might be kind of pricey. (Their 6-packs are $10 here, which is why I don't drink only Left Hand Milk Stout.)

Dani said...

I second the Bell's two-hearted - I'm not usually a humongous fan of IPAs but I love, love LOVE this beer.

Ambitious said...

Wait a minute... nobody else uses words like "husband elect"!!! =)

I think it'd be awesome to have Brooklyn lager since it's a local brew! :D

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Cami said...

I'd highly recommend Dogfish India Brown Ale or Raison D'Etre. Another really nice one I'd recommend is Troeg's Troegenator. Dogfish is in Delaware (and ships around) and Troeg's is in PA, so I think the, ahem, "mystery bride" should be able to procure them.

DMBY said...

I am not a big fan of beer, but I actually like Brooklyn Lager - so that's my vote! But I'm also down with the people who are suggesting something darker for variety. Have fun with the tasting!

Kris said...

Holy moly, how could I forget Fat Tire? Okay, that's in the running. Mos def.

I agree with you guys, too - a darker beer would contrast nicely to the lighter offerings.

Butternuts Porkslap is the funniest combination of words I've ever heard in my life. Thank you, thewegger.

Lauren @ Let Them Eat Lentils said...

Guinness. It is not a celebration without Guinness. Buuuut if you can only do bottles and don't have a tap, I would go with the Dogfish Head 60 minute. Def not the 180 minute. If you're choosing for your guests, Stella is always a crowd pleaser.

Stacey said...

Can You get Fat Tire in NY? I am pretty sure you can't get it east of the Mississippi! As someone who will be consuming lots of beer at this particular hypothtical wedding my vote is Magic Hat #9!!!

Julia said...

i really like leffe brun, there are no dark sweet beers on the list so far...

Danielle said...

You have 3 great choices already that appeal to a wide variety of tastes...

Bud Light and Heineken are good...

A "paler" ale? Do you mean something like Sierra Nevada? That is about the best pale you can get that is nationally distributed (there are so many in CA, but Sierra Nevada should be available in NY)

A fourth I would recommend is a darker beer...

Porters are good but might be too heavy for summer (for most palates).
For a wedding in the summer the 4th beer I would go with either:

Newcastle or Heineken Dark

Just remember...people will drink anything you provide regardless, but get what you like and your guests will surely enjoy it too

NYC Lorna said...

I love Sierra Nevada pale ale
but if the wedding is in NYC, I think I'd go with Brooklyn Lager.

Have fun with the tasting ;-)

firebarbie said...

Legal Weed...'nuff said

amybee said...

Is there a local brew pub in your area? For my husband's (big) birthday we had some local beer bottled with labels we customized with a picture of the birthday boy. We served it at the party and sent some home with the partygoers. It was a big hit.

Best of all is the beer tasting part!

Scott-TheBrewClub said...

Wow, lots of good suggestions so far! Locally, why not try something from Chelsea Brewing Co, right on Chelsea Pier? Local, fresh, and all their beers are top shelf I think!

TJ Tarwater said...

I have no idea what kind of beers are available in NY, seeing as how I've never been of legal age in the city. I am going to have to agree that summer calls for lighter beers. I love me a good porter and drink them year round but well, they can be stiff. Though I will say, favorite dark beer? Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Hands down.

Okay, my real suggestion is a lambic, a cider or an unfiltered wheat beer like Mothership Wit (put out by the guys who do Fat Tire but my brain isn't working so I can't remember the name of the company...New Belgium?). It's delicious.

Kris said...

TJ, we both LOVE Youngs. It's like drinking dessert without the heaviness. Our favorite pub serves it fairly often (which ties into your suggestion, Amybee).

This is my favorite comment thread, ever.

oscarmyers30 said...

Need beer ideas for a wedding on December 19. Half the guests will drink wine, the other beer. Wedding will be in Delaware.