A guide to wedding beers

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When it comes to planning the big day there are a lot of decisions to be made. What to wear, who to invite and where to host it. It’s no wonder that deciding which drinks to serve sometimes gets left until the last minute. But a well-stocked bar is a wedding must.

And you can’t go far wrong by serving some fine wedding ales. A wide and refreshing range of beers will appeal to a mix of people and can be sipped throughout the day without your guests feeling too wobbly. Not to mention that serving ale (which is a bargain in comparison to wine and spirits) will provide you with a long-lasting bar tab.

So, now we’ve convinced you of the virtues of adding ale to your wedding ‘to do’ list, now comes the question of which delicious ales to serve.

Well, we’ve got some real beauties. From refreshing, fruity golden pale ales and award-winning copper-coloured bitters to deep, dark, smooth-drinking stouts. They can be supplied in bottles for convenience, casks and kegs for a big bar set up or polypins which are fantastic easy-store option for venues which are tight on space. But whatever you choose you can be sure you’ll enjoy the big day without the worry that discerning wedding guests will go thirsty.

With such a big decision to make, how do you choose? To wet your whistle and whet your appetite, here are a few of our favourites. These are our best-selling ales chosen to suit a variety of palates, which can be paired with the meal or matched to the mood of your wedding setting.

Lushingtons

Bursting with fruit, within its bittersweet scent you’ll pick up lime and mangoes with a little lychee. And its creamy texture contains a slight strawberry finish. Perfect with white meat or fish. Available all year round in keg, bottles, polypin, pin and cask.

Hops ‘n’ Honey

Our golden honey beer is the perfect introduction to fine ale as it expertly balances both bitter and sweet flavours. Floral beneath a delicate, spicy tangerine scent with a touch of toffee. And its bittersweet finish is great for game, pork and creamy rich desserts. Available all year round in bottles, polypin, pin and cask

Sennen

If you’re planning a Spring wedding then you’re in luck – our limited edition Sennen is available in April and May. This exclusive limited edition beer makes a very memorable wedding ale. The clear, light, crisp beer with hints of tropical fruit includes notes of mango and grapefruit. Seasonal range only available for a limited period in April / May in polypin, pin and cask.

Porthleven

Straw-coloured and zesty, with strong citrus aromas, starting with a zip of lemon and lime in the mouth, ending with a flash of passion fruit. Brings out the best in spicy food and smoked meats. Available all year round in bottles, polypin, pin and cask.

Any of these beers will make the perfect guest at your wedding. If you need help choosing, you can come down to the brewery to arrange a tasting or contact our team on 01872 271885 who’ll be happy to give you some advice (the beer kind not matrimonial, we might add!) And whatever you choose make sure that serving the first drink of your special wedding ale is as important as cutting the cake!

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