The Beer Ritual Officiant: [The beer has been opened before the ceremony.]
It’s no secret that Groom is a beer aficianado, and that Bride has become one, too.
So it’s fitting that we use beer in a ritual in their wedding, and what a special beer they chose! Near Brussels, in a small city named Beersel, is the Drei Fonteinen – Three Fountains – brewery, known for its outstanding gueuze lambics. Lambics are beers fermented by wild yeast that lives 8 in the air of some old breweries and that give a lambic its distinctive flavor – sour, dry, cidery. We have a bottle of gueuze here, bottled by Drei Fonteinen in the year that Bride and Groom met and began their courtship. It’s also called a doesjel, which means “sleeper” in Flemish, but that’s not an insult to the beer in the bottle. Because, though a gueuze is a very tart, sour beer, especially when it is young, its funky flavor is oddly addictive. And as time passes, like a good marriage it will get better and better, becoming smooth and complex at the same time, and satisfying no matter what comes. [Officiant turns to the Bride and Groom.] You’re going to share sips of this special beer, with help from your Best Man and Maid of Honor. [Officiant asks the Maid of Honor and Best Man to pour the beer into the glasses and hand them to Bride and Groom, who take sips, linking their arms.] As you’ve shared the beer, so you should share your lives, all its joys and happinesses, every sorrow and sadness. And always be ready to raise a beer in toast and celebration.