Wedding Trend Alert: Custom Beer Bars

Hops on the beer bar wedding trend

Updated 12/29/17

Photo by Weddings By Sasha

If your drink order skews more craft beer than fussy cocktail, then you’ll love this latest wedding-drink craze. Serve-yourself beer bars are popping up at weddings everywhere and are a fun, refreshing alternative to the stuffy cocktail bar. Plus, since guests can help themselves to a pint, this eliminates the inevitable long lines at the bar (read: your guests can get their hands on a drink, stat).

Like this idea? If you’re a crafty couple, you could attempt to build your own beer bar, complete with hoses and taps; however, more and more rental companies offer beer bar options, as well. Keep reading for our favorite takes on this wedding-booze trend.

01 of 07

Rustic Beer Bar

Photo by Timwill PhotographyWedding Trend Alert: Custom Beer Bars

This couple’s al fresco reception featured a deluxe lounge area complete with a rustic beer bar with eight brews on tap, plenty of cozy sofas and armchairs, and a cigar roller.

02 of 07

Vintage-Inspired Beer Bar

Photo by Mary Costa Weddings

How cool is this locker storage/beer bar? During cocktail hour, guests were invited to help themselves to this self-serve beer station (pint glasses were stored in the antique lockers) while enjoying a spread of hors d’oeuvres. The beer bar was decorated with fresh hops vines, in keeping with the beer theme.

03 of 07

Home Brews

Photo by The Melideos

This couple’s Malibu wedding was the perfect opportunity for the groom to show off his tasty home-brewed beer. He also built the rustic bar using reclaimed wood collected from pallets and construction sites.

04 of 07

Cask Beer Bar

Photo by Martha & George

Instead of from taps, this beer-loving couple served their favorite ales straight from their casks; they also provided guests with a printed card describing their detailed beer tasting notes (the couple also named their reception tables after each brew!).

05 of 07

DIY Beer Bar with Custom Taps

Photo by Gina & Ryan Photography

This couple built this three-tap beer bar themselves that featured customized handles: one was of their home state of California, another depicted a bride-and-groom cake topper, and the third was a Northwestern University football helmet (their alma mater).

06 of 07

DIY Beer Bar

Courtesy of Dear Darling Photography

The bride’s family members built this custom beer bar for the festivities, which featured his-and-hers brews on tap. Add a marquee sign to help light the way to the watering hole once the sun goes down.

07 of 07

Pick-Up Truck Beer Bar

Photo by Erica Chan Photography

For more casual, rustic celebrations, skip the cocktail bar and instead convert a cooler into a beer tap featuring your favorite brews. Place it in the bed of an old truck so guests can help themselves; add red Solo cups and hay, of course, to complement the rustic vibe.

Related Stories