When I’m not garbed in my Rosalind Aymes super hero attire, I am an editorial assistant at a bridal magazine. In our upcoming issue, we have an article on serving beverages at wedding receptions. Buried in two pages of wine information is a measly three sentences on beer, which boils down to ‘you better get some beers for the lads’. When proofing the article I added in a couple more sentences about seasonality (seasonality’s very popular in wedding writing), very simple stuff. Both sentences were taken out, as we don’t want to encourage ‘that sort of thing’.
I may have (quietly) got my rage on at this point – the old-fashioned view that beer-drinkers are simply men who quaff large amounts of booze irritates me beyond belief and is really a self-perpetuating problem. I didn’t really want to be part of that.
When I had calmed down a bit, I realised my anger was rather pointless. Wedding magazines don’t lead trends – they follow them. While the magazine may not be talking about decent beer, I can happily report a growing trend of craft beers at real weddings. A friend of mine will be the best man at a wedding in March that will be serving Renaissance beers. He offered to take me as his date but unfortunately I’ll bridesmaid at another wedding, which, while they won’t be serving craft beers at their reception, there is a post-wedding event the next day at the Moutere Inn.
Good beer is even stealthily invading our offices through real weddings; one of the entries for the Bride and Groom of the Year contained a wedding where the groom served several different styles of his home brew on tap at the reception. Now he’s got my vote for Groom of the Year.