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Couples are getting more and more creative with their reception bars (hello, signature cocktails!) and looking for venues that are a little more out-of-the-box. So, it's no surprise that craft breweries across the country are starting to host more and more weddings in their tasting rooms. Yes, you read that right: brewery weddings! For a couple that loves beer, it's the perfect opportunity to invite guests to a truly personal event, with a built-in delicious bar, to boot! Here are a few of the best craft breweries across the country that are hosting weddings.
Golden Road Brewing, Glendale, California
This cool and comfortable tasting room has space for 150 people at a cocktail-style reception, or 120 for a seated dinner. Their session IPA, the Wolf Pup, is the perfect beer for the California sunshine, with the complexity of an IPA without the towering ABV. The lower ABV makes it perfect for weddings, allowing you and your guests to drink throughout the night while still staying classy!
Revolution Brewing, Chicago, Illinois
Head to the Brewer's Lounge for an intimate dinner for 110, or a cocktail-style party for 130, surrounded by a stage built from repurposed bourbon barrel staves and benches made from salvaged beams. The in-house catering is equally local, with produce from local farmers, house-grown veggies and herbs, and an everything-from-scratch menu. Their iconic Anti-Hero IPA is crisp and bitter, with a floral finish that's extra refreshing between stints on the dance floor.
Steam Whistle, Toronto, Canada
This brewery boasts a plethora of venues, including a gallery space, the historic Roundhouse, and an expansive Hall and Patio, with brick walls, towering windows, and views of the city skyline. From 60 seated guests to 500 standing, there's space for everyone! They're pros at hosting weddings, and partner with some of Toronto's top caterers. For guests who don't love to dance, how about a tour of the brewery, where they can get a first-hand view of how the beers are made from catwalks high above the operation. And there's no question about what to drink: Steam Whistle only makes one beer, the Steam Whistle Pilsner! The award-winning brew is floral, crisp, and brewed according to the highest standards.
Boulevard Brewery Company, Kansas City, Missouri
One of Kansas City's premier event spaces, the Muehlebach Suite has space for 225 guests to mix and mingle, or 200 to sit for dinner — and every rental of the suite includes an open bar serving Boulevard's beers, so your guests can get a taste for all the brewery has to offer. The Unfiltered Wheat is a crowd-pleaser with a citrusy flavor and low bitterness, while the Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (named for the brewery's persnickety 7th fermenter) is hoppy and sweet with a grapefruit finish. Who needs champagne?
Breckenridge Brewery, Littleton, Colorado
In a state known for craft beers, it's hard to pick just one, but the intimate Tasting Room at Breckenridge Brewery (with space for 45 seated for dinner or 70 at a cocktail-style reception) tops the list. Catering is done through their in-house restaurant, The Farm House, which offers a ranch-inspired menu perfectly crafted to pair with the brewery's beers. With a beer garden featuring fire pits, corn hole, and unparalleled views of the Rockies, it's the perfect place to sip the refreshing Agave Wheat or the richer Vanilla Porter (which goes great with wedding cake!).