SURVEY: Do You Toast with Champagne, Craft Beer or Booze for These Occasions?

This week’s article over at TODAY is about people replacing champagne with a finely crafted beer, which I think is an awesome trend.

One interesting piece of data provided to me by Sam Adams is that if given the choice, 60 percent of men prefer to toast a special occasion with beer rather than champagne. This was from a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, who asked this question to about 600 men representative of people from across the nation.  It’s a pretty solid stat.

It got me to thinking, what would happen if I asked craft beer lovers the same question?  And whiskey toasts are awesome as well, so what if I included booze as an option?  And does it vary by occasion?  In an effort to find answers to these very important societal questions, I decided to create a quick survey of my own. 

Please take a minute to answer each of the five questions below and share what beverage you prefer for certain special occasions – it’s for SCIENCE!! And please answer like you’re the Master of the Universe and always get your way – don’t let your significant other henpeck you in your head while you answer!

NOTE: Make sure you hit the “Vote” button after each question so your answer is recorded.



Thanks for voting! Feel free to let us know why you voted the way to did in the comments.

And if you’re willing, please share this survey with your friends, as we always welcome as much data as possible – more votes = more accurate!



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23 Comments on “SURVEY: Do You Toast with Champagne, Craft Beer or Booze for These Occasions?”

  1. August 2, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    For New Years I’d celebrate w/ the Duchesse–better than any champagne I’ve ever tasted.

    • August 2, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Why not drink a nice balsamic vinegar instead? 🙂

      • August 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

        Would that vinegar say “Noble Rot” on the label? ;^)

  2. August 2, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Champagne gives me a headache, especially at high altitude. We didn’t even have any at our wedding last month. I toasted our nuptials with Titan IPA and I believe my bride was drinking a Hoss Rye Lager.

    • August 2, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      So it was a GREAT wedding 😉

      • August 2, 2012 at 10:43 am #

        We tried to bridge the DIVIDE between champagne drinkers and beer drinkers.

    • August 2, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      Hopefully that’s the only Great Divide your marriage will enjoy…

  3. August 2, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    On a related topic, I don’t know if you’ve seen the campaign to come up with a pure American toast word. They argue that Cheers is from England and that we should be using something else. You can find it on Facebook under Toast of America.

    • August 2, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      Well, “F@&# yeah!” is two words, so I guess we’ll have to keep looking.

      What about celebrating our American apathy with “Whatever…”

      • August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am #

        Both are very close to my suggestion: Dude!

        It’s overused already, so why not toast with it?

        • August 2, 2012 at 11:54 am #

          I was thinking maybe we could skip all the varnish and just shout out parts of the female anatomy.

  4. August 2, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I think the correct answer to the “fallen friend” poll (to the extent that a poll answer can be correct), is to toast with the fallen friend’s drink of choice, no matter how bad of a drink that that may be. And yes, this includes the big three (and affiliates).

    Since that choice wasn’t available, and most of my friends drink craft beer, I chose craft beer.

    • August 2, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      I like your reasoning. You would drink in the “missing man” formation for sure.

  5. Diss Content
    August 2, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    One of the booze based traditions was left out of the survey. Of course I’m referring to the christening of a ship. Which is more appropriate?

    A. Smash a bottle of that French made sugar water across the bow, no one intended to drink that stuff anyway.

    B. Wine: Mouton Rothschild for yachts, Mondavi for a Chris-Craft and Night Train Express for a Bass Cat.

    C. I don’t care what you use just keep your hands off my Mimosa.

    D. A craft beer is the perfect answer for any celebration, recognition, award or burial. However the intentional wanton misuse of such a god inspired gift, which enjoys protection under the Bill of Rights, as a pursuit of happiness, shall NOT be cruelly used in a way that intentionally avoids human consumption aforethought.

    • August 2, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Forgot about the ship thing. I’d use champagne, because it’s tradition and I’d rather break a bottle of that instead of a lovely craft beer!

  6. Brendan
    August 2, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Agree with labrew here – whatever that friend’s drink of choice was, even if you hate it, this one time, take a strong pull.

    Not wanting to pee in the pool here, but my brother died last week and the only toast that seemed right was the same Woodford Reserve that he, my father, and I used to drink at the holidays. Lots of choices in the house but for a farewell toast, stronger is better and there is something to be said for a “spirit” at a moment like that.

    Coming back to labrew though, yeah, if the friend’s drink of choice is coffee or some chick water then that’s the toast.

    • August 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Sorry to hear about your brother Brandon. I agree stronger is better in a situation like that.

      If it was Don, I’d do the same, and then follow it up by not writing a blog post, something he’s becoming famous for.

      • Don
        August 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

        STFU JIM! If it was you, I’d toast you with a Schlafly Stout, 2008 of course, then go write a blog post for someone else. 😉

        • August 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

          Ha ha. That was awesome, dude.

  7. August 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Well this past New Year’s I did a beer and champagne hybrid with Infinium
    haha. Usually for any special occasion I use craft beer (especially aged stuff I have). On Christmas Eve me and my girlfriend split a bottle of some special craft beer I have been aging just for the occasion. Honestly, for any occasion I use craft beer. Like for my friend’s house warming I’m giving him a bottle of Epic Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout.

    • August 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      I’m the same way. I wouldn’t bother with anything other than craft beer, save for whiskey. I have my brother to thank for that!

  8. August 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Some friends toasted with a nice lambic at their wedding, and I think a barley wine is a great option for New Year’s. I guess that falls under “finely crafted beer.”

  9. BeerBear
    August 5, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    There are some events which only brown liquor taken neat in a shot glass will suffice. The passing of a family member, friend or pet certainly qualifies.

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