- November 21, 2016
Thanksgiving may be the meal we look forward to all year, but there’s no doubt that it can also be the most predictable. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes – all favorites, no doubt – but nothing too surprising.
This year, we’ve got a few ideas on how you can energize your favorite family gathering with some beer pairings that will take that turkey to the next level.
Before the turkey is out of the oven, and the game is still on the TV, grab one of these to get your big day started.
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without the annual release of Sierra Nevada’s legendary Celebration Ale. This popular beer was first introduced in the winter of 1981 and since then, it has become a welcome favorite on the holiday table. Each year, debates rage about the brewery’s choice of spices for this holiday beer. The unique spiced flavors of juniper, citrus rind, and cinnamon come from the dry-hopping with a blend of fresh whole-cone hops. Celebration Ale is also a versatile food beer, pairing well with many of the traditional holiday staples. Its full, creamy body and clean, moderately bitter finish cut through the rich flavors of turkey and sage stuffing, roasted honey ham, standing rib of beef and succulent Christmas gravy. ABV: 6.8%
Dogfish Head Beer for Breakfast
This stout is tricked out with all sorts of breakfast ingredients including Guatemalan Antigua cold press coffee, maple syrup harvested from Western Massachusetts and for the quintessential Delaware breakfast touch – Rapa scrapple and their secret blend of spices. 2-row applewood smoked barley, kiln coffee malt, flaked oats, roasted barley and caramel malt along with additions of molasses, milk sugars (lactose), brown sugar and roasted chicory, lay the foundation for this malty, breakfast-themed concoction. Enjoy huge notes of coffee in the nose and savory layers in the flavor. ABV: 7.4%
Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter
This porter is based on malt flavors of roasted nuts, crème brulee, cocoa and caramel extracted from English and German roasted and caramel malts. Hotbox Roasters then crashes the party and infuses potent, cold-extracted coffee from Burundi and Ethiopian beans and deals out flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate and hints of blueberry. ABV: 6.4%
Dinner! Pairings for the Main Course
The food is on the table and it’s time to dig in. Pop one of these to pair with your overflowing plate.
Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
Literally meaning “with best wishes”, Dupont’s Christmas offering is rich gold in color with a fragrant aroma of lemon, hints of pepper, banana and clove. It has a deep, malt richness that lingers on your tongue for what seems the entire holiday season. ABV: 9.5%
Sixpoint Global Warmer (2016)
As the cycle continues, and storm clouds come rolling in, Global’s recipe has been updated. This year features a hazy, unfiltered version. Expect supremely intensified flavors – an imperial superstorm of a beer. ABV: 7%
Boon Gueuze Mariage Parfait
Oude lambics are blended exclusively from old lambic (2 years) and are re-fermented in the bottle. Boon Gueuze Mariage Parfait is one of the brewery’s driest and most assertive beers. Bursting with earthy aromas and complex organic flavors, this beer has been carefully blended to produce a flavor of great subtlety and complexity. ABV: 8%
Before you let the tryptophan put you to bed, grab one more brew to finish off the night.
Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout
Only a brewery with over 250 years of brewing experience could produce such an amazing, completely innovative beer. Deep and roasty, with perfect chocolate aromatics, this one will lead to lots of smiles and refills. ABV: 5%
Great Lakes Blackout Stout
Bold and dark as a power-less metropolis, Great Lakes’ Russian Imperial stout commemorates the infamous 2003 blackout that briefly left some 55 million people utterly unplugged. Pitch-dark and rich, Blackout Stout is kindled with black malt and roasted barley, and illuminated by flickers of bitter hops. Try it with a chocolate dessert by candlelight. ABV: 9%
Sly Fox Christmas Ale (2016)
Now that the meal is over, it's offically Christmas season! The 2016 version of their much anticipated classic Christmas Ale delivers a subtle blend of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a flavorful combination of caramel malt and holiday cheer. It is the perfect beer for celebrating or gift giving. The collectible cans and 750 ml bottles – with a handy gift tag included in the design – change annually and create joyous displays of seasonal color! ABV: 5.5% (cans and draught) 6.5% (bottles)