Here's a trend: Have beer at your wedding

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The Boston Beer Company, which you know as the makers of Sam Adams, is releasing its Brewlywed Ale for sale at the Mass. brewery on July 26.

Sam Adams' Belgian-style pale ale is just an addition to a nascent wedding-brew trend. Bell's Beer also puts out the Wedding Ale seasonally. And couples across the country have been toasting their union with custom-brewed ales lately, which, I guess, could have been expected considering the zeal that takes over beer fanatics.

A Los Angeles hotel offers couples a Hoppily Ever After package, says this CNBC.com story, and the Houston Chronicle collected pictures of beer favors and custom brews at weddings.

My favorite's the Too Late To Bail Pumpkin Ale.


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I think this is a good time to confess I've been keeping a list of "wedding beers." That's not because I want a wedding, though I'd get married every month just to throw a kick-ass reception -- isn't a wedding just an open-bar party?

I digress. The list is more a testament to how much I liked these beers. It's the beer equivalent to "I like that person and would definitely want her at my wedding."

Anyhow, this is the list so far, but feel free to add beers in the comments:

Orange Blossom Pilsner's OBP Squared for a sweet toast.
Avery's Salvation instead of champagne.
North Coast's Old Stock Ale because it's a perfect beer.
Cigar City Camp Braggot Ghost Stories for dessert.
Ommegang's Fleur de Houblon if it's a summer wedding.
Avery's Maharaja because no one can hate this IPA.
Tequesta's Der Chancellor Kolsch for my dad and his buds.
Bison's Organic Honey Basil for the masses.
Aecht Schlenkerla's Rauchbier if we serve thick cheese and grilled meats.

To see what dresses will go with your custom beer, read this story by my lovely colleague Rod Hagwood.