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Liquor Services




Holidays, weddings, and corporate events typically include liquor service.  As we are always being asked about liquor and the amounts required for an event,  the following guide may help.  

 
 Liquor Information for Alaska:

     Alaska Coastal Catering , LLC., does not provide liquor services.  We have recently entered an agreement with LaCabana Restaurante in Anchorage, for their company and staff to provide
    all of the liquor services our clients require. 

    Your contract for liquor service will be directly with this provider, not Alaska Coastal Catering , LLC.   It will be seamless to your guests.  

    Please call for more information. 

    We can refer you to State of Alaska certified TAMS/TIPS /TAPS bartenders, who are paid directly by you.  Typical labor rate per bartender is $25.00 per hour  for a beer and wine only bar;  $30.00 per hour for a beer, wine, and one specialty cocktail;  $50.00 per hour for a full bar.  Plan on one (1) batender for every 50 guests; thirty (30) minutes for set up, and minimum of thirty (30) minutes for take down of the bar. 

    Providing your own bartenders?  No problem.  However - we will need to see their valid TAMS/TIPS/TAPS card and government issued ID.  As the caterers on site - we tend to be the one to answer to authorities for liquor issues, although we have no claim for any liquor related responsibility.
     
    • Every event which provides alcohol may be required to obtain a temporary liquor permit from the Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC).  This procedure involves having your permit authorized by the local law enforcement agency (i.e., Alaska State Troopers; Anchorage Police Department; Anchorage International Airport Police Department; etc.). 


    This process will take a minimum of fourteen (14) business days in advance of your event, and includes a processing fee. 

    This is an area which either you or your liquor supplier will need to handle. 

    • Exception to the permit rule are private parties not opened to the public, where guests are served drinks free of charge.  You are still required to have a TAMS/TIPS/TAPS bartender serving the alcohol, and the alcohol drinks cannot leave the premises.  Every venue will required the $1M liquor liability insurance policy naming their location.  You may be able to obtain this policy as a rider on your current homeowners or business insurance.  Check with your insurance agent.  Insurance typically takes two (2) weeks to process.

    • For a ‘Cash Bar’ (charging for drinks) the provider of the liquor MUST have a valid State of Alaska liquor license. The provider of the liquor license will stock the bar.  
     
    • If you elect to provide your guests with a 'Hosted Bar' (no-charge) beverages, then you may stock the bar at your own expense. We Suggest Anchorage Wine House, Costco, Sam’s Club, Brown Jug Warehouse, or Value Liquor for your alcohol purchases.

    • All liquor served MUST be served by a TAMS / TIPS /TAPS certified bartender regardless if the cocktails are being purchased or given away for free.
       
    • For a self stocked bar ~ a $1,000,000.00 "Liquor Liability Insurance" MUST be in place, and a valid copy presented to the building / venue owners five (5) calendar days prior to the start of an event. You may obtain a "Liquor Liability" rider on your home owner or business insurance policy. 
    • Exception to the above - events held within a private residence.
       
    • Please check with the Alaska Beverage Control agency for the most current information.


     Bartenders
    Plan on one (1) bartender for every 50 adult guests.  This will provide your guests with the best and timely service, and avoid a backed up line at the bar.  Ensure your bartender has a valid TAMS/TIPS/TAPS  alcohol service card issued by the State of Alaska, as well as a valid government issued ID.
     
     Liquor Shopping List 
    Typical Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Soft Drinks
    Estimate Two Drinks Per Guest For The First Hour of Your Event; Then One Drink Per Guest For Each Hour 
    Until The Conclusion of The Event.  


     Wines:  750ml bottle yields 5 glasses of wine

    Red:
    Typical Consumers – Men & Women.
     An Assortment May Be Good. Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet, Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, etc.
    'Black Tie’ Boxed Wine is an excellent choice if you need to go the less expensive, boxed wine route. 

    White:
     Typical Consumers - Women
    An Assortment of Semi - Sweet and Dry: Chablis, Chardonnay, Rhine, Pinot Griso, etc. Rose` & Pinks,
    White Zinfandel, White Burgundy, etc. 

    Champagne & Sparkling Wines
     Typical Consumers – All Guests for a Special Champagne Toast to the Bride & Groom … One Half Glass per Guest
    (Save money on champagne as most people will not drink a whole glass. They will typically only drink a sip for a toast, and then go back to their original beverage.) 
    Verve, Brut, Korbel, Asti Spumonte, Cristal, Dom Perignon, etc. are acceptable;   
    Cook's brand  - not so much. 

    Beer:
    Typical Consumers – Men & Women …
    Two Beers Per Guest The First Hour, Then One Beer Per Guest Per Hour Suggest Bottles and/or Cans.
    Not a Keg – Too Much Waste. 

    Suggest One Dark Beer (i.e., Kodiak Nut Brown) Choice and One Light Colored Beer (India Pale Ale) Choice.

    NO Low Calorie or Low Carbohydrate Beer (folks tend to not drink low calorie or low carb beer at events). 

    Local Micro Breweries:
    Anchorage Brewery,
    Midnight Sun,
    Alaska Brewing Company,
    Moose’s Tooth,
    Sleeping Lady,
    King Street Brewery,
    Silver Gulch
    and Glacier Brewery 

    Domestic: Coors, Budweiser, Miller, and Sam Adams Imports: Guinness, Beck’s, Heineken, Corona, Dos Eques, etc.     

    Hard Liquor:
    1oz. Per Drink.  Two - Four Drinks Per Guest 

    For Every 25 Guests, 1 Bottle of …
    Vodka
    Bourbon
    Scotch
    Rum
    Gin
    Dry Vermouth – For Martinis (Olives or Lemon Twists?)
    Tequila – If You Are Making Margaritas, add Margarita Mix, Fresh Limes and Kosher Salt   

    Liqueurs:
    1 oz. Per Drink.  Two Drinks Per Guest 

    Brandy
    Cognac
    Baileys
    Carolanns
    Amaretto
    Sherry
    Port
    Grand Mariner
    Contreau 

                 Duck Farts - Crown Royal, Kahula, and Baileys layered in a shot glass. VERY popular at weddings. 

    Mixers, etc.: 
    Orange Juice
    Grapefruit Juice
    Lemon Juice
    Lime Juice
    Tomato or V8 Juice
    Tonic Water
    Club Soda
    Ginger Ale
    Cranberry Juice
    Colas
    Diet Colas
    Lemon Lime Soda
    Diet Lemon Lime Soda
    Bottled Water 

    Garnishes: 
    Fresh Lemon & Lime Wedges
    Maraschino Cherries
    Stuffed Olives
    Cocktail Onions
    Celery Sticks
    Pickled Asparagus Spears 

    Extras: 
    Tabasco Sauce
    A-1 Sauce
    Worchester Sauce
    Kosher Salt
    Toothpicks
    Stir Sticks
    Bottle Openers
    Wine Openers
    Foil Cutters
    Mixing Spoons
    Bar Towels
    Ice – Crushed or Cubed
    Ice Scoop
    Ice Tubs
    Blender
    Glass or Metal Pitchers
    Beverage Napkins
    Trash Cans & Liners 

    Glasses – (plan on 3 glasses per guest)

    Red Wine;
    White Wine; 
    Use  8 oz. Cocktail Glasses for less waste
    as folks tend to set their glass down and walk away;

    Beer - Tall beer glasses. 

    If you are using plastic or paper plates for your event,
    then use plastic or paper cups. 

    Using real porcelain dining ware?  Use real glassware.  We like the stem less wine glasses.  They are universal for serving beer, wine, mixed cocktails, soft drinks, or water. 

    Tablecloth to cover bar table 

    Tall Floral Arrangement(s)



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