“From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world”- St. Arnold of Metz, Patron Saint of Brewers.
Well said. And his namesake brewery, Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewery, has been instrumental in keeping his name and legend alive. This October, the good guys and gals at Saint Arnold are helping to keep the spirit of love and romance alive at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver as the company performs civil wedding ceremonies and officiates as couples renew their vows in a spirit of love and commitment.
What? Perform weddings? Officiate vow renewals? At the Great American Beer Festival? Yes, you did read this correctly. Saint Arnold Brewing is bringing an actual wedding chapel to the beer festival in Denver this year. The weddings and renewals of vows will take place at its booth over a glass of Amber Ale, Fancy Lawnmower, Endeavor, or other brew of the couple’s choosing. Saint Arnold just happens to have an employee who has officiated weddings before. This employee will be there, dressed as the Patron Saint of Brewers himself, presiding over the nuptials.
So, what would give a brewery the idea to hold wedding ceremonies at the premier beer festival in the USA?
"One of my favorite toasts is, 'May your heart always be full and your glass never empty,' and I expect to hear that toast a lot at the GABF weddings," said Lennie Ambrose, Saint Arnold Director of Marketing and Events. "Saint Arnold is closely associated with the legend of the miraculous mug that never ran dry, so I expect he will be right at home at GABF."
Weddings and renewals will take place between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the three days of the Great American Beer Festival, Thursday October 10 through Saturday, October 12, 2013. Saint Arnold will occupy booth number 134 and will schedule weddings and renewals for the duration of the festival.
Planning a wedding, even a civil ceremony, still requires some preparation on the part of the happy couple.
"This will be a lot of fun and we expect there will be no shortage of people taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the love with thousands of fellow craft beer enthusiasts," said Ambrose. "While it is a relatively simple process to get married in Colorado, a Colorado marriage license is required, so this will require a little planning for those wishing to wed. Fortunately, the Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder, which provides marriage licenses, is conveniently located within four blocks of the chapel we're planning to build at GABF."
For more information on marriage and renewals of vows, Saint Arnold style, be sure to visit the web site by clicking here. And take action quickly. You never know when that mug may eventually run dry.
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