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Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« on: May 22, 2012, 05:31:03 AM »
I brewed two beers -- an IPA and an American Amber -- as wedding favors for my brother's wedding, which is coming up this weekend.  My brother's buddy designed some pretty cool labels for the beers.  My brother's name is Mike and his fiancé's name is Maura, hence the "M" designs.  I'm really happy with the beers, as are the bride and groom.  I think the labels turned out really great too.



It's tough to read the beer descriptions on the labels, so here they are (in case there are inquiring minds):

IPA
Wuh-bam! That's your nostrils being awakened by the enticingly complex aroma of this American-style IPA. With floral and citrus hop notes and a little tropical spice, generous additions of seven hop varieties are balanced by just the right amount of malty sweetness. Full-flavored, yet eminently drinkable, this IPA finishes slightly dry with a lingering hop bitterness. 6.4% ABV.

American Amber
This light-garnet colored American-style ale is all about balance. Toasty grain and caramel malt flavors are met with an assertive bouquet of floral, citrus, and herbal hops. Medium bodied with a smooth finish, this is an accessible ale to be enjoyed among friends. 5.6% ABV.

In hindsight, I wish I had been a little more creative with the descriptions.  I think it would have been cool to make them more personal to the bride and groom.  But, all in all, I'm happy with the results.

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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012, 06:28:24 AM »
how'd you do the labels?

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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2012, 07:09:30 AM »
your brother's buddy did a great job on those labels.  They are definitely worthy of such a somber joyous occasion.   ;D


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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2012, 07:59:13 AM »
how'd you do the labels?

Super easy.  Just bought some Neato labels from http://www.neato.com/labels/bottle/100-high-gloss-beer-labels.  Then, just printed them out on my crappy ink jet.
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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2012, 08:17:22 AM »
What a great gift! A huge improvement on anything you could pick out from a registry...
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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 10:27:59 AM »
Very nice job!

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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2012, 03:31:47 PM »
how'd you do the labels?

Super easy.  Just bought some Neato labels from http://www.neato.com/labels/bottle/100-high-gloss-beer-labels.  Then, just printed them out on my crappy ink jet.

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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2012, 06:33:18 PM »
That's really nice--a gift from the heart. Well done.
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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2012, 05:38:20 AM »
Love this!  I almost thought about brewing for my own wedding and giving them out as favors, but I wouldn't have had the time to do it.
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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2012, 08:47:42 AM »
Love this!  I almost thought about brewing for my own wedding and giving them out as favors, but I wouldn't have had the time to do it.

You have any homebrewing buddies that you trust to "contract" brew your recipes?   ;)
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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2012, 09:22:55 AM »
Very cool. The labels look good. I'll have to check neato out the next time I make labels. I was making them myself and spraying them with polyurethane to keep them from bleeding.

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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2012, 06:37:26 AM »
Just wanted to update this thread to say that not only was the beer amazing, but the wedding was one of the best I've been to.  Here's a great photo of the beer at the wedding.



Also, here's a shot of me (far right, white shirt) rocking out with the wedding band. ;D

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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2012, 02:08:38 AM »
Holy cow, not like any wedding I've ever been to. Nice goin'
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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2012, 02:34:23 AM »
Also, here's a shot of me (far right, white shirt) rocking out with the wedding band. ;D



A somber occasion, indeed...  Oh the humanity!
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Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2012, 07:43:41 PM »
Those look awesome. 

I've got to pick up some of those labels.  Do you need any special software?