Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday, but let's face's here! With that being said, you'll want to stock up on some tasty local craft beer, and we figured we would give you some solid recommendations to better enjoy your time with friends and family!

If you'll be noshing on some cheeses to start the day, Mystic Brewery Vinland One and White Birch Brewing Belgian Pale Ale are nice options. Both beers feature similar Belgian style qualities that will help both cut through some strong flavors and compliment some softer and subtle cheeses.

Bantam Cider Wunderkind is another great way to start off a meal that compliments pretty much any kind of cheese. It's similar to champagne, so it's a festive alternative. It's native to the Boston area, so if you can't get it locally, you can always grab some Downeast Cider (available in MA & ME). If you're trying to pace yourself for a long day of eating and drinking, you can't go wrong with Notch Brewing Session Pils. It has some great hoppy notes that will compliment the cheeses, but at 4% ABV you can sip and keep on sipping all day!

When the bird is served, you might want to have some Night Shift Brewing Rose, Baxter Brewing Co. Hayride Autumn Ale, and Rising Tide Brewing Company Zephyr on hand. The Rose pairs especially well with meats (we had it with lamb burgers). Similarly, the Baxter Hayride Autumn Ale has a good dose of rye and black pepper, which provide a nice spiciness that will go with all the sides. If a nicely hopped IPA is what you're looking for, Zephyr fits the description. It has some nice aromatic and bittering hoppiness, without being too bold.

Finally, what is Thanksgiving dinner without desert? We have to suggest Slumbrew Porter Square Porter or if you can find it, get their My Better Half Cream Ale. The porter is brewed with cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate, and the cream ale has a superb sweetness that it will pair with any desert choice. Also, the Smuttynose Brewing Co. Barleywine Style Ale has great scotch type aromas and flavors that will balance off the sweetness in any pecan, chocolate, or pumpkin pie.

We hope that you enjoy your beers with family and friends and that everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


Mark said...

Awesome post. I'm in charge of bringing the "real beer" to my family gathering, and I've been looking for an excuse to head to Night Shift too. Prost!

BrewEngland said...

Thanks Mark! Definitely hit Night Shift for the Rose. It's so good! We got a growler of it a few months ago and had it with the aforementioned lamb burgers and it was crazy good! They're right next to Idle Hands Craft Ales as well, and I suggest getting some Dubbel Dimple and Pandora too!