OK, this is your official permission slip to stop whatever you’re doing and think about having a drink. Well, more specifically, it’s time to think about drinks for your wedding in the company of The Craft Beer Man, aka the exceptional Chris Cheeseman. Chris brings the best tipples to weddings with his excellent mobile bar and you like the thought of fantastic independent beers, carefully chosen drinks and ace service for your big day then The Craft Beer Man needs to be on your radar.
So, here’s Chris himself with all you need to know…
Tell us a little about The Craft Beer Man…
The Craft Beer Man (that’s me, Chris Cheeseman) has over 12 years experience working in the brewing industry and as a result I have the expertise, knowledge and resources to support you with a fully stocked and staffed bar to ensure your day is extra special. We offer a full range of bar services and experiences to help you get the most out of your wedding and your love of craft beer and real ales!
Why do you think craft drinks have become so popular recently?
People have become more discerning about what they want to eat and drink and are continually looking for new things to try. The Craft Brewing industry has been booming for the past 15 years and has attracted a real following. This explosion in interest has helped craft brewers to develop a new and dedicated customer following. When we are at outdoor events we have noticed that people attend specifically to taste new beers and ales and sample food from the excellent pop up kitchens.
What makes your mobile bar service so special?
We are able to source literally any beer that a customer asks us for – and this applies not just to British beers but to foreign brewed beers as well. I head up the operation and bring my expertise to the bar service, advising on how to get the best out of your mobile bar. All the bar staff are trained in serving beer with many also working within the brewing industry.
How do you decide what drinks you stock? Please tell us a lot of tasting is involved!
The beers I serve are usually sourced from local independent brewers, many of which are known to me and whose goods I sample regularly, for quality control purposes you understand! My connections in the industry give me access to any speciality beer that you ask for whatever the cost. Alternatively, I can provide a list of recommended beers for you to choose from.
What drinks would you recommend for weddings and what’s your favourite tipple?
We are not restricted to serving beers. I can provide a fully stocked bar including ale, lager, Cider, red, white and sparkling wines and soft drinks. We also supply spirits such as craft and specialist gins, whiskies and rums. My favourite tipple at a wedding is a classic best bitter and I like it to be served to me as I arrive and not held back until after the reception!
Can The Craft Beer Man set-up at any venue, inside or out?
Of course, and I love quirky venues. A point to mention is that if you are serving cask beer you do not need a power source opening up endless possibilities.
What packages do you offer for weddings?
I am very flexible working with couples to deliver the very best possible bar option for that special day. I can run free bars or paying/cash bars, or a combination of both. When the reception drinks that you have provided have been consumed we revert to a cash bar. Sometimes I’m asked to charge guests for spirits only and we serve other drinks on a complementary basis throughout the event. If you want to run your own bar I can simply hire the equipment to you and source the beer, delivering to your venue and setting it all up ready for you.
If our readers were to work with you, what should they expect?
The Craft Beer Man works with you from the planning stage through to full bar set up and support on the day. My knowledgeable, friendly and experienced team designs a bespoke package around your requirements and we always rise to the occasion!
Do you look after everything for couples? Arranging glasses and licenses can be a bit of a headache we’d prefer to avoid!
I offer the complete service including glass hire and arranging the appropriate licenses.
Can you sum up what makes The Craft Beer Man so special in five words?
UNIQUE, KNOWLEDGEABLE, EXPERIENCED, SOCIABLE & BEER!
Finally, what’s your life motto?
DRINK MORE BEER!
Well cheers for that Chris! We pretty much in love with The Craft Beer Man right now and if you’d like to find out more, click on over to the website or take a look at their listing in our festival wedding directory.