Wedding Venues for Alcohol Aficionados

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Winery WeddingOn your wedding day, you’ll be surrounded by the people you love most. You’ll spend an evening with your friends and family, celebrating your love for your spouse. But if you’re like us, there’s one other love of your life that you don’t want to leave out on the special day: high-quality booze. Of course, you can have an open bar to make sure booze has a special place at your wedding, but if you’re a true alcohol aficionado, you’ll want to make booze part of the theme as well. Here are a few venues to consider if you want to celebrate you and your partner’s enthusiasm for artisanal hooch.


For the dedicated sommelier, getting married at a vineyard is a no-brainer. While American wineries used to be found only in spots like California’s Napa Valley, today there are small independent wineries all over the country, from Arizona to Minnesota. You can get married under an arch made of grapevines, have your reception dinner on wine-barrel tables, and of course drink plenty of small-batch wine. Save the corks for arts and crafts after the honeymoon.


While beer may not yet enjoy the societal cache that wine does, craft beer has come a long way in the past couple of decades. There are bound to be a few local breweries in your area that offer tours and tastings. Have the ceremony in the sweet, hop-smelling tank room by the bright copper tanks, then serve flights of beer at the reception (with plenty of peanuts, pretzels, and cheese to complement them). You can even pick up a few growlers to take home.


If you love beer but don’t want to limit yourself to one brewery, hold your reception at a taproom. Some of these craft-beer-centric bars have over a hundred different kinds of beer to try. Some even offer more eccentric stuff like mead and metheglin. From pale ale to barley wine, there’s bound to be something to delight each of your wedding guests–except for that one uncle who insists on Bud Light.


Now that home brewing and winemaking has become popular, the next emerging trend are micro-distilleries. The concept is new enough that it’s not even legal in some states–if you live in one of those states, please don’t break the law to get wedding moonshine. But if you live in one of the more forward-looking states, a micro-distillery with a tasting room is another great option for a booze-snob wedding. Instead of beer and wine, though, you’ll be sipping small-batch vodka and gin. So make sure your guests all have designated drivers.

Weddings and booze go together like peanut butter and chocolate. But if you like quality alcohol in and of itself, rather than a means to an end, there are plenty of ways to make sure your wedding has the good stuff. You can have a lovely ceremony and introduce your friends and family to some great small-batch wine, beer, or spirits.

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