Thanksgiving is full of tradition. Whether your family deep fries the bird, candies the sweet potatoes, watches the Macy’s Day Parade or plays a game of touch football in the back yard, there’s no better time than the “day of thanks” to continue old traditions and begin a new. As discussed in yesterday’s post, wine is a popular addition to the Thanksgiving menu, but this year we suggest adding a new tradition of pairing your meal with craft beer.
Whether you’re hosting a group of beer skeptics or beer geeks, there is something available for every palate. As with wine, beer comes in a variety of styles. From Pale Ales, to IPA’s, Stouts to Doppelbocks and everything in between, there is surely a style suitable for any skeptic. As you put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving menu, keep in mind the contrast and compliment each style of beer adds to the dish.
Once the turkey is carved and plates are complete, consider pairing a Saison, Belgian, Hefeweizen or Amber ale with your fantastic fare. Many of these beers also pair well with traditional Thanksgiving accouterments such as stuffing and roasted vegetables. If Saison is your flavor, we suggest Saison Dupont or Victory Helios. Unibroue La Fin du Monde or Brasserie D’Achouffe Houblan is great belgian delights. For a taste of the South, Yazoo Hefeweizen and Highland Gaelic can’t be beat.
Brown Ales and Porters, such as Rogue Hazelnut and Samuel Smith Taddy Porter are a great way to diversify your selection and satisfy any dark beer lover. These pair well with mashed potatoes and green bean or rice casserole.
Craft beer can truly shine as you make way for dessert. With choices ranging from pumpkin, pecan and apple pies to chocolate cakes and traditional cheesecake, your available selection of dessert-driven brew is endless. Atwater Vanilla Java Porter and Left Hand Milk Stout pair great with pecan pies and chocolate delights. To bring a touch of buttery cherry flavor to your cheesecake, serve Kasteel Rouge. If you are looking to surprise, share Wells Banana Bread or Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider with your guests.
Today’s modern craft breweries are working in amazing ways to create products with a range of complex flavors. Whether you drink your beer or cook with it, remember; give thanks for good beer this Thanksgiving!
For additional information on how to pair craft beer with your menu, please visit our friends at Craft Beer.