October 2013: As mine and my wife’s 6-year wedding anniversary approaches on November 10, I was reminded of the beer we served at our wedding reception. And that thought poses the question: How many married couples here have substituted champagne with a world class beer (or beers) to serve at their wedding reception?
My wife and I decided to “expose” all of our guests who were not familiar with Lambic (or Belgian beer for that matter) and serve a Framboise Lambic instead of Champagne to them.
Out of the half dozen or so different framboise Lambics we tried beforehand, we decided to go with Lindemans. Although I wanted Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus, my fiancée and I agreed that a sweeter Framboise was the way to go (hence, Lindemans)…
Arranging for Lindemans Framboise to be served at our reception came with its challenges. The first challenge was that we had to deal with the issue that the particular hotel we were holding the reception at (Hilton… yes, Hilton) did not work with a distributor that carried Lindeman’s products. The other challenge was that we had to pay a PREMIUM price for dealing with a “special order” from them.
However, my fiancée and I were determined to make this happen, and to have a memorable drink served on our special day. At the end of the reception, we had more people asking us, “Was that a fruit Champagne you served?” Ahhh… we had the great fun of educating unsuspecting friends at that moment. All of our guests loved it!