Event Recap: Wedtoberfest 2014

Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-1On Thursday, October 16th we threw our second annual beer tasting-wedding show mash-up dubbed Wedtoberfest. We love beer festivals, but feel many are overwhelming for novice drinkers and don’t offer practical options for wedding couples (are you really going to serve a hop-heavy, hard-to-find beer to your guests?). And most wedding shows are very “girly” and don’t appeal to grooms (or many brides). So we created Wedtoberfest as a solution to that – a small beer festival offering local beers that couples might actually purchase for their wedding, and a small wedding show that’s not too feminine.

This year we were pleased to be joined by Tighthead Brewing, Goose Island, Finch’s Beer, New Holland Brewing, Begyle Brewing, and Solemn Oath Brewery.

Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-41Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-92 In addition our caterers offered German-influenced food including waffle sandwiches, pretzel bites, beignets, and mini brats (of course!).

Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-34Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-61Cage & Aquarium spun tunes and we raffled off great prizes from CGWA members and the participating breweries.

Our planning lounge was a low-pressure way for couples to browse through members information without the sales pitch or a litany of questions…

Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-4Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-19 We threw in some green facts to let couples know why we do the things we do… Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-24Memorable_Jaunts_Chicago_Green_Wedding_Alliance_Wedtoberfest-35Thanks to Loft on Lake for hosting, Memorable Jaunts for the photos, all of the breweries and participating members (especially Art of Imagination who hung the fabulous, sparkly lights), and of course the couples. Until next time…
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