Thanksgiving Beer Lineup (2021)

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  1. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 Initiate (141) Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut

    Thinking about opening my bomber of 2017 Backwoods Bastard at noon while cooking, and sipping on it throughout the day
  2. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (234) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    I'm 25, I only travel at the absolute bare minimum price:grin:
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  3. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (234) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Only bringing a carry-on cause Wednesday travel is an absolute madhouse
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  4. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Zealot (555) Nov 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Celebration for sure.

    also will follow the recommendation on another thread and offer a beer cocktail with Yuengling Hershey's and a pumpkin beer. might go ST Pumking nitro to bump up the body.

    always a pre-meal saison for my sister; this time Suarez Local Boy.

    and after the crowd has dissipated, BA Spice Cake with late night second dessert. too good to share with more than a few.
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  5. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Champion (854) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    You can still bring beer in a carry on. You can bring anything that isn’t hazmat (140 proof+) in a carry on. :slight_smile:
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  6. natb0yce

    natb0yce Initiate (15) Nov 22, 2021 Massachusetts

    Is this an online event? How do I participate?
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  7. natb0yce

    natb0yce Initiate (15) Nov 22, 2021 Massachusetts

    I'm sort of new to the beer scene. I'd like to try a sour, and Thanksgiving seem like a great opportunity. Do you have some recommendations? Thanks
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  8. slander

    slander Poo-Bah (2,342) Nov 5, 2001 New York
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    I'm bringing a six pack of Three Floyds Alpha Klaus (and am going to be a beerdick about who gets to drink them).
    And I'm thinking a Vanberg & Dewulf LambickX Kriek, too.
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  9. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,881) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'd go with Jester King Le Petit Prince. Or a grisette. YMMV.
    I wish I'd said this.
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  10. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,028) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Dad jokes from @PapaGoose03 ... seems legit.
  11. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,479) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Heh, heh, heh! :slight_smile:
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  12. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Champion (854) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    Absolutely, you can participate, and we would love for you to. It is an “online tasting” that we do here on BA. I will be posting the thread later tonight (we will kick it off starting Wednesday, actually), and for 5 days we are encouring people to open anything under the Bourbon County label, and share your thoughts. It’s also great when you read all the reviews and interact with others. (I know that came off a bit like I’m a turd, and that’s not the intention. I’m just saying that part of what makes this so fun is getting to interact with each other and ask questions and comment and so on. If it was just about a review, and a review only, we could all just individually read reviews on the website. What also makes this so great is interacting with other BAs that you see around consistently, and getting to know their palate, and whether it lines up with yours. You can then keep an eye out for what they think is good, and try to track down other beers. -Or, make recommendations.)
  13. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,479) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Welcome to the BA site, and to the wonderful world of good beer. Hang around and explore the site as much as you can and you'll learn a lot.

    If you've never tried a sour beer, here's my version of a primer to get you started. Check out the style description page and scroll down to the Wild/Sour section at the bottom. Read the descriptions of each style to get an idea of the terms that define the tastes found in these beers.

    Two major types of sours exist - those that are what is called Kettle Soured, and those that are soured by adding certain yeasts or 'bugs' to the beer and then usually aging them in barrels while the souring occurs.

    Kettle Sours are brewed by many breweries as just another beer style on their beer menu. I think they tend to be local/regional because I can't thing of an example right now to recommend to you that you might find in Massachusetts. Pick a favorite brewery and look at their page here in the Places section and see what they might have. Read some reviews of the beers to see what descriptors are mentioned of the taste. Choose something that sounds good.

    Some barrel-aged sours can be found nationally, and three breweries that should be easy to find for you are Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, and New Belgium. Jolly Pumpkin is almost exclusively a sour beer brewery, but the other two each have a couple of sour beers that are popular nationally in addition to their large portfolio.
    Jolly Pumpkin:
    Goose Island:
    New Belgium:

    Look at each brewery's page, click on the column header for Style to arrange the list alphabetically, and scroll down to Sour or Wild Ale to see the offerings. (Sometimes the Farmhouse/Saison category has beers that are tart/sour, so you could also look at them.) Choose a beer that has many reviews, which means it's likely a nationally-distributed beer that you should be able to find, and read some reviews.

    It's been years since I've had the beers from Goose Island or New Belgium, so I don't want to recommend any of their sours, but if one sounds good to you, go for it. The Jolly Pumpkin beers are all good. I'm partial to La Roja and Maracaibo Especial. Take a look and choose what sounds interesting.

    Good luck.
  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,438) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    The 'best' Pumpkin Ale to produce a Chocolate Pumpkin is one with a pronounced spice character. It has been a long since I had a Southern Tier Pumpking but I seem to recall it being quite spicy.

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  15. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (471) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I'll definitely have Celebration at hand and I'm definitely contemplating the SA mix pack. I usually enjoy something a bit lighter with all the amazing flavors that'll be going on. I do like a nice hearty stout afterwards while watching football so maybe I'll see if I can find something of the link. Right now I have:

    SN Celebration
    Anchor's Christmas Ale
    Homebrewed Oktoberfest and Amber Ale
    SA Old Fezziwig
    SA Holiday Porter

    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,409) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    I usually plan on one or two "special" beers. The rest is whatever sounds good that day. So, this Thanksgiving, the "special" beer is Birthdaywine from Fonta Flora. Which is a double barrel-aged Barleywine. Matured for 13 months in bourbon barrels and 7 months in blackberry wine barrels.

  17. puck1225

    puck1225 Poo-Bah (3,934) Dec 22, 2013 Texas
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    Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien ale de garde, 3 Fonteinen cuvee Armand & Gaston, and Souther Yankee Imperial Pumpkin Ale. A bit of Europe and a bit of Texas. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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  18. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,028) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Sounds divine
  19. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,401) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    I wish I had a lineup. I have to be up around 4:30 AM for work the next day. :slight_frown:
  20. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Champion (854) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

  21. budsNpils

    budsNpils Initiate (118) Aug 6, 2021 Texas

    So far I have 1-2 Ten Fidy's lined up once I get back from family get together. I'm hitting a craft beer store today so I will definitely be adding some IPAs to that line up.
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  22. TCgenny

    TCgenny Devotee (419) May 26, 2021 New York

    Great info on a subject that is not common knowledge, I’m going to check it out
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  23. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,373) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I'll be pulling from what I picked up this morning...
    Minus whatever I end up having today... lol
    Happy pre-Thanksgiving, BA...
  24. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,881) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Maybe it's just me, but I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around St. Bernardus in a can.
  25. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (3,089) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    Well played sir
    Well played
  26. Casterbridge

    Casterbridge Devotee (423) Mar 26, 2010 Connecticut

    NEBCO G-Bot, Super Supernaut, and Imperial Stout Trooper
    Two Roads Holiday Ale
    Heady Topper
    Allagash Tripel
    Fiddlehead Second Fiddle
    Alvarium Honey Shot
    Bissell Brothers Monolith
  27. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (3,401) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Angry chair for the win!!!
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  28. Amendm

    Amendm Meyvn (1,022) Jun 7, 2018 Florida

    Finest Kind by Smuttynose Brewing. A revisit of a tried and true favorite. I just might crack the cap on one later tonight. Quality control. Cheers.
  29. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (10,692) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Dogfish Head Utopia
    Drekker Fruited Sours
    2017/2018 BCBS
    Coronita's (palate cleanser)
    King/Psuedo Sue
    Making a Standing Rib Roast Mashed Potatoes and sausage stuffing.
  30. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (10,692) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Where in FL?
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  31. wally_world

    wally_world Initiate (175) Nov 27, 2015 Illinois

    Hey all!

    I agree with a lot of you that this is one of my favorite threads every year. Thanksgiving is my favorite drinking day of the year, as well!

    My local shop didn't have Celebration in yet (odd), so I'll have other yearly regulars: Jubelale and Accumulation, both favorites of my wife and I, then a couple of stouts (Revolution Deth's Tar and Cafe Deth). I'll probably add in a barleywine at some point, as well, as I'm a Revolution fanboy and Straight Jacket might be the perfect beer.

    Cheers, all! Happy Thanksgiving!
  32. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (12,463) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Not me! In fact, it was when I first postulated putting "better" Belgian beers in CANs that the slings & arrows REALLY got loosed on me. I'm still waiting on Westy to pull the trigger ...
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  33. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (293) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    I'm out of the country for the holidays this year but we found a local farmer with a turkey and we have one reserved for both Thanksgiving. If we manage to pull Thanksgiving off this year it will be Saturday and there will be mostly local wine served but pre-dinner I have some local beer to serve, from the Little Belgique near Richelieu France. \his saison is wonderful and light enough to serve with the aperitif snacks
  34. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (12,463) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    A Thanksgiving dinner beer pairing is tough for me. I will be working at USPS tonight from 2300 to 0730 then I am going OUT to eat with my uncle at 1300, so no BYOB at that restaurant. I have to be back in to work at 2300 to CANtinue the madness.

    It's a tad late, IMHO, for Pumpkin beers & just like Christmas music, I'll brook NONE of it, including my Christmas/Holiday/Winter stash, until Friday at the earliest. I'd prefer to hold off on Christmas beers until W, 01 Decembeer 2021 when "Batteries released!" will be sounded & CANnon fire CANmences in earnest.

    Hmm, that was a long prelude to my being unsure. I have instituted "Pineapple Thursday" on Untappd with a hashtag to that effect. I must have at least one pineapple-related beer in abeyance. Yeah, that's the ticket!
  35. Sandis

    Sandis Aspirant (289) Jun 18, 2018 Minnesota

    Thanksgiving beer this year is a 2020 Bourbon County "Wild Turkey" Easter egg variant. See what I did there?

    I'm doing the 12 days of Christmas beers this year which will consist of the following Firestone Walker. Yeah, it's only 11. I've got to find another I've not tried before.

    Firestone Walker Parabola - 12oz
    Firestone Walker Parabola - 12oz
    Firestone Walker Parabola - 12oz
    Firestone Walker Parabola - 12oz - Autumn edition
    Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee - 12oz
    Firestone Walker double barrel Parabola - 12oz
    Firestone Walker XXV - 12oz
    Firestone Walker Amburana Parabola - 12oz
    Firestone Walker Sucaba - 12oz
    Firestone Walker XXIII - 12oz.
    Firestone Walker XXIV - 12oz.
  36. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,881) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    That said, I'm in.
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  37. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (4,057) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    Thinking about a Thomas Hardy's via Zid....dip into the stash and enjoy!

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  38. BillAfromSoCal

    BillAfromSoCal Devotee (467) Aug 24, 2020 California

    well, it is with the in-laws and wife is driving, so I will be looking for anything with massive ABV that I can bring in volume.
  39. Beginner2

    Beginner2 Poo-Bah (4,130) Feb 14, 2016 Illinois

    I gotta give a shout out to the fruit beer classics that made Thanksgiving famous as a unique pairing opportunity. I'm speaking specifically of my 21st Century long relationship with New Glarus' Wisconsin Red and Raspberry Tart. While New Glarus' fruit formula produced other fruit beer renditions based on what was available, those two pioneers paired great with cranberries and cut through the turkey grease. And most important, the wine drinkers (usually female) suddenly know that beer ain't all bad.

    New Glarus' contributions even are good enough to distract and elevate the discussions of sex and politics that usually, for good reasons of being impossible to resolve, are prohibited from Thanksgiving gatherings.

    If you suggest other beers that do all that, please provide evidence.
  40. Casterbridge

    Casterbridge Devotee (423) Mar 26, 2010 Connecticut

    What year?
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