Thanksgiving Beer Lineup (2021)

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  1. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Champion (865) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    This is always a fun thread each year.

    Do you have a lineup of beer lined up for the holiday or holiday weekend? Have specific pairings for courses/meals? Share it all with us.

    Reminder: Please join us for the Bourbon County Tasting going on from Thursday, Thanksgiving day through Sunday (25 - 28 November 2021). Thread will be pinned once posted.

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  2. Spade

    Spade Aspirant (278) Mar 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I have a bottle of Lancaster Baked pumpkin ale for Thanksgiving dinner and a few bottles of Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot for the 5-day break. Will also start mixing in some Christmas ales as the mood hits.
  3. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,414) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Thanksgiving beer pairing is always my favorite and I enjoy putting a lot of time and thought into it. I think maybe I’ll go out and splurge on an Oxbow funky beer finally. Still haven’t pulled the trigger on one because of the price but there are several sitting on the top shelf at my favorite beer store for the last year collecting dust. I have a good selection of high ABV beers in the cellar but I generally don’t like the big beers with a meal. Lighter classic British ales, German lagers and funky beers seem to pair best with Turkey gravy and the high carb fixings. I drink a lot of IPAs so I’m looking to mix it up some.
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  4. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (229) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    A case of Yuengling and Miller High Life are usually in the fridge around Thanksgiving. Both pair well with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, even the dessert! Maybe I’ll put a few kostritzers aside for the Bills game later that night:sunglasses:
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  5. Giantspace

    Giantspace Savant (954) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Celebration, brown ales and a sour or two. Maybe a high ABV stout later in the night.

  6. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,536) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I had a sour with the T-Day dinner 5-6 years ago and discovered that the tartness cuts right through all of the fat associated with a turkey and all of the rich trimmings. I've had a sour every year since then and will do so again this year. I have something in the cellar that will be chosen for the feast. Probably no beer before or after dinner since I don't drink so much anymore.
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  7. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Defender (666) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    I'm bringing some Mad Elf, Yuengling Hershey's Porter, and a Utopias WWS for the host. Already at my Thanksgiving location is some Aventinus, Southern Tier 2XMAS, VA Beer Co Evil Santa, Alewerks Coffeehouse... And more Mad Elf.
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  8. JSullivan

    JSullivan Initiate (99) Aug 18, 2010 Massachusetts

    Festbier and hard cider from locally pressed apples will be on tap. Apple wine, mead, a
    raspberry mead (melomel) and Belgian quad in bottles, depending on what people want. .Will also have wine (not made by me) and absinthe if things get serious.
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  9. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,901) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I have a grisette at the ready. I'm on call Thanksgiving Day and I work the weekend, so no alcohol. I'll get to it eventually, though, maybe with a rack of ribs on Monday.
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  10. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Zealot (585) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    Dogfish Head 90 minute
    Sierra Nevada Imperial Haze
    New Belgium Future Hop IPA
    Molson Golden
    NB Wild Ride 30th Anniversary Amber
    Hamm's Lager
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  11. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Savant (976) Apr 30, 2007 Massachusetts

    1 or 2 Lord Hobo Cranberry Lagers to start the day. Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale will lead into meal. I usually switch to wine at dinner. After, up in the air. Celebration or maybe a dram of Bruichladdich 2011 Islay Barley.
  12. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Thanksgiving dinner (430 pm) is at my SiL's house this year. I have no idea what will be served with the turkey so I'll just pick a up a nice Italian rosé for dinner and have an Expedition Anniversary to wind down when I get home. I have to be at work at 745 Friday morning so it will be a light day.
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  13. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Disciple (384) Apr 9, 2015 California

    Fremont Spice Wars
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  14. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Devotee (432) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    I make a keg of cider every year. Just tapped it today. Also plan to open a bottle of 3 Fonteinen that I've been sitting on.
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  15. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,050) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Not sure what my turkey day plans are. Regardless I'll be finishing up the few festbiers that are straggling, and have a smoked porter lined up as well. Probably going to finish things off with wendigo.
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  16. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Champion (865) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    I am currently debating between opening my remaining two, or having some wine. Wife and I will have a sort of free-flow form when it comes to watching our daughter at my fathers (that is, sometimes it is one of us, sometimes the other, and we are both kind of just paying attention to what the other is doing). She will have wine. If she is having wine, I know my father will open a good bottle. It will be hard to turn down. On the other hand, those beers seem like they would pair beautifully with dinner.
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  17. Detour12

    Detour12 Initiate (67) Dec 1, 2017 Massachusetts

    I got some Sam Adams Boston lager! Should pair good with Turkey
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  18. piggy_rulz

    piggy_rulz Initiate (30) Dec 4, 2019 Missouri

    For Bears game it’s Civil Life Burton on Holt and Sierra Nevada Celebration.

    To “cut” the turkey a Side Project Bruin or Kriek.

    Hair of the Dog Matt for later!

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  19. butterygold

    butterygold Initiate (48) May 12, 2020 Spain

    We have a strange Thanksgiving here and we do 3 different dinners (great for the waistline!)

    This year: homebrewed West Coast IPA and pumpkin beer to start (later homebrew cranberry sour, but it may not be ready until dinner #3). I like to start with a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but couldn't get one this time. Like Beer_Economicus said, if the in-laws bust out a nice bottle of wine, it's hard to say no to that at dinner. Our family tradition is to do gin and tonics before dessert, and depending on comfort level I may do a Founders Backwoods Bastard or KBS almost like a fireside brandy.

    Have a good T-day whatever your lineup may be!
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  20. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,148) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    I will be cooking my tradtional Thanksgiving on Saturday this year, as my daughter and her fiance will be coming up from Columbus that day;
    I may bust out some sours also, my daughter and I both enjoy and Eric likes hoppy, so some IPA's will be on the table as well....
    Have a nice French Bordeaux and 10 year old Port as well.....should be a nice day!
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  21. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,270) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    After this weekend, I may not be drinking at all, but considering something like:

    Side Project's Abricot du Fermier
    Shared's Coffee Shop Vibes.

    Serve the first as an aperitif, maybe sip on a little while I play drums. Probably just pair my meal with water, as I tend to not drink much while eating. For a couple Thanksgivings, I'd open up Victory's Java Cask and sip on that. Coffee Shop Vibes would take its place.

    If I end up wanting something lighter than CSV (or less liquid), I may open up some Hair of the Dog since they're 12oz bottles. Undetermined which one.
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  22. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (237) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    I'm going to Florida for Thanksgiving (Tampa area), and obviously cannot bring beer on the plane. Any recs? Want something local that isn't Cigar City (I have had all of their beers).
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  23. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,481) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Some Eddy Fitzgerald as well as some GL Xmas ale, with a Westmalle Dubbel thrown in for good measure.
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  24. Providence

    Providence Crusader (797) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Mayflower Porter for sure.
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  25. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (1,759) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    For whatever reason the last few years it's become a tradition to have a Xocoveza after Thanksgiving dinner. Just found some from 2019 so I'm wondering how the spices will be on that one. Some King Julius and Celebration as well for before/during the meal
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  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,465) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    My wife has family on Long Island which we will be visiting and it is my ‘job’ to provide the beer. I will be bringing a variety of homebrewed beer:

    · Brown Ale (my Smoky & Spicy Brown Ale)

    · Oatmeal Stout

    · Motueka IPA

    · English Bitter Ale

    · Saison

    Hopefully there is sufficient variety for everyone’s enjoyment.

    FWIW the beer style of the above list that best pairs with the Turkey featured dinner is the Saison IMO.

  27. 40ontarget

    40ontarget Defender (631) Feb 7, 2012 Colorado

    I have a Fremont 12th anniversary stout and a Briar Common Amnesia for this year's festivities. A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all!
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  28. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Champion (865) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    Uhhhh, what?

    Surely there is some sarcasm I am missing here. :slight_smile:
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  29. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,779) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Check a bag bro!
  30. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,779) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    My buddy is cooking lamb. What kind of beer goes with lamb? i got a bunch of big bottles of big beers, so a few of those will go down too.
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  31. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Champion (865) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    Think red wine. You’d want something like a nice Chianti. So pick a beer with comparable qualities. I’d argue that a wonderful barleywine would pair better than perhaps anything else.
  32. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Disciple (384) Apr 9, 2015 California

    Didn't get to finish..
    So . Fremont 2020 Spice Wars
    North Coast Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin 750ml
    Trader Joes Dark Ale brewed with Spices 750ml( $6 dollars and brewed by Unibroue which is mind blowing)
    And all of my aunts 20 year mcallan
  33. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,536) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    A lamb-ic. :joy:

    Sorry, I just couldn't ignore that opportunity. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  34. MikeWard

    MikeWard Poo-Bah (2,968) Sep 14, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Turkey tryptophan paired with Flying Dog's new Triple Dog triple ipa should secure a lengthy post dinner nap.
  35. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (3,438) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Wish I could join the Bourbon County tasting but I’ll be up in Canada until Monday. I don’t think any will appear up here on Friday?
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  36. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (3,438) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Given that I’m up in Canada, I will buy a handful of Canadian BA stouts and barley wines and share with the family!
  37. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Defender (666) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    I'm considering pulling the trigger and buying a 4pack of this as well...
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  38. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 Poo-Bah (3,216) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Every Thanksgiving for the past several years I hqve watched Planes, Trains and Automobiles and paired it with a special beer selection.
    This years will be, thanks to @mschrei , The Bruery So Happens It's Tuesday.
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  39. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,050) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Classic John Candy...
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  40. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,481) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    North Coast Old Stock Ale
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