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.
Vintage-Inspired Beer Bar
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.
DIY Beer Bar with Custom Taps
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).
Pick-Up Truck Beer Bar
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.