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A wedding is not just another Friday night out. So why make guests guzzle only PBR?

The Green Wedding Alliance is steering couples away from cookie-cutter events when tying the knot by tapping into the local craft beer craze with its first Bridetoberfest Thursday.

Hosted at the German American Cultural Center Dank Haus, the beer-tasting bridal show takes its cue from Munich’s famous fest and brings together nine Midwest breweries.

The Chicago chapter of Barley’s Angels helped plan the “less bridey” bridal show in order to appeal to variety of tastes, said Alliance member Molly Schemper, of FIG Catering.

In addition to Oktoberfest beer pours and pub grub, vendors will be on hand to share tips for creating eco-friendly events. Schemper said brides and grooms who serve local brews can reduce their ecological footprints. The move might even do their friends and family a favor, as well.

“It’s getting people to understand that their uncle might like Bud Light, but if he tries Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch, he might like that, too,” she said.

Natasha Wasinski

From 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western. Tickets are $15 and include commemorative tasting glass and five samples of local brews including seasonal Oktoberfest offerings. Additional beer and food available for purchase. http://bridetoberfest.

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