Thanksgiving Beer Pairings (2019)

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  1. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poo-Bah (3,883) May 19, 2005 Colorado
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    What do you pair during Thanksgiving meals?

    For the main course, I usually go with a dry German Riesling since carbonation fills me up too quickly. Although, a nice Kolsch could persuade me. I do find that German styles are best since they are mostly clean and "uncomplicated".

    If there's a brown or amber, I'll go with that next. Last year I went with Telluride Brewery's Face Down Brown.

    What do y'all plan on drinking?
  2. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Alsace Gewurztraminer or Burgundy Brut Rose if we're going the wine route, but for beer I dig a good brown or amder on Thanksgiving
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  3. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (412) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois

    As a tradition, I always crack the previous years BCBS
  4. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    That sounds good. Last year I had a BCBS with Thanksgiving leftovers the next day and it hit the spot
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  5. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,890) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    For many years before I retired I'd travel over to/near Wisconsin and pick up some bottles of the New Glarus fruity sour Belgians. I finally emptied my stash a few years ago but haven't been anywhere near WI to get more of the NG beers. So I've just looked locally for a substitute without success for anything as good. I can't even recall my selections since the last NG was drunk. The acid character of those NG beers did a great job cutting thru all that fat in the T-Day meal and providing a great fruit flavor that went very well with the flavors of the meal.
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  6. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,852) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    So many different tastes going on between all of the sides that I've just settled on doing the saison thing. This year I may grab a bunch of either Plan Bee Barn Beer or Dupont, depending on how funky I'm feeling at the time.
  7. Cait612

    Cait612 Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2019 Pennsylvania

    I might be weird but I'm not a huge fan of drinking while I eat. I prefer my beer before or after dinner. And I try to save some pumpkins/fall beers for Turkey Day.

    This year I have Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale, Southern Tier Nitro Pumking, Bolero Snort Pumpkin Spice Moochiato and Barrier Kickin Knowledge: Pumpkin.
  8. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,325) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I prefer a nice fruit beer for the appetizer course, a light style for the main course, and a rich stout to go with dessert. For this year I've got Phantom Carriage Broadacres, Smog City Quihote Quotes, and BCBS Orange.
  9. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,628) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Funny enough I’ve never had a beer for Xmas, wine only.
  10. Cait612

    Cait612 Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2019 Pennsylvania

    Wow! If you like stout find a nice one and have it with/for dessert and it's like wine, but better
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  11. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,289) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    I always enjoy some Beaujolais Nouveau....and always always Celebration Ale...although I cant FIND it this year....
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  12. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,472) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    With dinner, a good Saison, usually Ommegang's Hennepin. I used to drink wine but since I drink beer before and after, why switch?
  13. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Ommegang Three Philosophers...every year.
  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,836) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Not exactly considered a "brown" but permit me to suggest a Belgian Dubbel.

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  15. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,628) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I’ve got a few great Stouts in the fridge, I usually feel so full from all the eating I never think beer.
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  16. Clibb

    Clibb Initiate (67) Jun 23, 2013 New Jersey

    Always try do do a dry saison. DuPont since it is easy to find.
    Another option that works well for me is Orval.
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  17. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,059) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I know that pumpkin beers are not all the rage around here but I'll be serving the last of my Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale during the main course along with wine options.

    For dessert - Avery Rumpkin.
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  18. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,848) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    This really depends on where I’m enjoying the feast and when. My wife’s family doesn’t start crazy early but still in mid afternoon. My own family still serves dinner at 6 or so, sometimes later. With the inlaws the females (including my wife who is a beer drinking champ) for whatever reason start the day with mimosas while working in the kitchen; I slowly start drinking beer and lending a hand. Usually pause during the meal as I’ve acquired a pleasant buzz by then and it’s onto the big stouts and barley wines for dessert and after.

    we have enjoyed the shelfie HF saisons a lot with the meal but the high carbonation does not always help matters even if the acid does.
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  19. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,848) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    You remind me I have a few old bottles of lakefront brandy barrel pumpkin in the cellar, might be about time to drink those this year. Wonder how they’ve held up considering they were quite strong, boozy and syrupy early on.
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  20. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (1,804) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Talk about seasonal creep... :smirk:

    As for Thanksgiving, if I get stuck at home I will probably put the snack down on all the FFF I have left from GABF. Maybe some BA darkness for a digestif.
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  21. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,059) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I've had the Lakefront fresh and with both 1 year and 2 years of age on it.

    I thought the freshie was way too hot. The alcohol was still pretty bold after one year. It mellowed a bunch after two years. The vanilla definitely died down over time too - which was a plus for me because I think that it was too overdone in the fresh version.

    I cellared a total of eight bottles a couple years ago and found that two of them went bad (really sour tasting, and one smelled awful).

    On balance, I like the Lakefront BA Pumpkin but I have not seen any here in PA for two years.
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  22. Ffenski

    Ffenski Initiate (119) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio

    I like the idea in the OP of something "clean and uncomplicated." But is it "pairing" when you try to complement the flavors of a beer or two to a meal with about 9 different foods (bringing a multiple of tastes)? Are you drinking a beer with every side? I think the posts reflect more of "what special beer do I want to share with everybody" at Thanksgiving than "wow this blonde ale really accentuates the french-fried onions in the green bean casserole". Disclaimer: I do a small tasting at Thanksgiving that has nothing to do with the foods being served so I have multiple flavors flying around all day.
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  23. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,628) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I happen to have a bottle of BA Darkness, no one else will drink it, so it’s a commitment to open one. Looking forward to that beer.
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  24. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (495) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Saw this thread last night and after much consideration, I’ll be drinking everything.

    Our forefathers wouldn’t want it any other way.
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  25. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (248) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Several Coors Lights
    Followed by cheap red wine
    Finished with B and B Liqueur

    Such is Thanksgiving with the in-laws, but hey, I don't have to cook or buy anything so Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!
    #25 thedaveofbeer, Nov 21, 2019
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019
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  26. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Aspirant (218) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois

    Probably a breakfast stout in the morning with breakfast. Some IPAs while making stuff. Likely Cabernet with the meal and then something barrel aged from Rev or Goose after.
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  27. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Disciple (324) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    No plans as of yet for what will be consumed during the day, but with the Thanksgiving meal (as well as Christmas) I like to treat myself to some Duchesse du Bourgogne. Fantastic in its own right, and pairs well with food... it's also "appropriately" wine-like.
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  28. NYRunner

    NYRunner Initiate (71) Nov 5, 2018 New York

    Me too. Our host & hostess always put out a delicious selection of wines, but no beer. Oh well, I'm adaptable!
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  29. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (495) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Can’t imagine showing up for any gathering empty handed, matter the less thanksgiving :rolling_eyes:
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  30. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poo-Bah (3,883) May 19, 2005 Colorado
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    I stick with the "uncomplicated" or "unencumbered" beers as I feel they pair well with everything on my plate. I usually only get bird, taters, gravy, and corn for the meal (ole Kansas boy at heart). Throughout the day I'll grab other sides and beverages.
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  31. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,681) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    We tend to start with a lambic (fruited but non-sweetened) around 11.
    That's followed by a dual-pairing with dinner. Usually something like a hoppy milder stout, dubbel, or brown ale. The other is something sweeter and lighter. New Glarus fruit beers are the easy choice when I have them on hand. If not, Casey's fruit-heavy items work.
    The closer is something big in the evening. A quad, big stout, or doppelbock.

    EDIT: Another item we've done the last 2 years is a Haykin Cider. Those tend to be pretty sweet and very heavy on the apple notes.
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  32. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,981) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    I have 2 fresh hop saisons by Holler in the fridge now that I am saving for the meal, I am going to grab 2 of their Fruited saisons this weekend for desert. After the meal I plan on opening a Rodenbach Caractère Rouge and a Szech 'n Brett to share.
    note: the saisons are to share also, can't pound 4 beers with a meal :slight_smile:
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  33. not2quick

    not2quick Zealot (592) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    I've had many a NG with thanksgiving dinner. Really easy to get non- beer drinking family members a pleasant surprise. Haven't had many people not like Belgium Red or Raspberry tart. Cran-bic is my favorite for the occasion though. This year I believe I'll open some mead. Schramms the statement.
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  34. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,890) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I just recalled one of the beers that I've used as a substitute for the NG sours. It's The Kasteel Rouge ( did a fine job last year, and it seems like it's always available at my store. I think that's going to be my pick again.

    (Apparently I didn't read the label last year, or maybe the info isn't there, but I was surprised to read the Notes on the BA page here today that says it's Kasteel's Belgian Quad (Donker) blended with a cherry liquor.)
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  35. GeauxTigers13

    GeauxTigers13 Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2019 Maine

    Sticking to my traditional Anna paired with my Thanksgiving meal. Maybe crack an Allagash Coolship Red with leftovers, or second serving
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  36. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Disciple (340) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Last year I had a 750 of De Ranke XXX Bitter with dinner. This year it'll be General Store, a bier de garde by Suarez - if I can make the trip up this weekend. :grimacing: If not, it'll be some St. Bernardus Prior 8 and/or Weihenstephaner Vitus. Pre-dinner, probably 1-2 Zero Gravity Green State lagers. With dessert, something chosen from my very modest cellar stash of big brews (stouts, barleywines, old ales).
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  37. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Whatever my uncle decides to put on tap, and ofc I will bring some Sierra Nevada Celebration
  38. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Aspirant (248) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Trust me- I would happily bring some better drink options. I even did once... The ridicule was resounding. Bringing a dessert or side dish would be viewed as grave insult by my wife's aunt. That is how they roll. Also, please leave your judgment at your own thanksgiving table; I will have enough of it at mine.
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  39. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,146) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I like a beer to start pre-meal and during my first plate of food. Once I start to get into my second plate of high carbs/heavy gravy and on the plus side of 2,000 calories into my plate of appetite for any/all beer falls off really quickly. Then my nephew from down south always brings a pecan pie that I absolutely love for dessert...that alone is 1000 calories a slice. Add a slice of pumpkin pie with whip cream for tradition. I usually just end up rolling around and moan in discomfort for 12 hrs or so afterwards. I love my Thanksgiving food a little more than my fancy beers I guess.
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  40. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,226) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I've got a cranberry Weiss from Crane brewing that I want to crack. Other than that, probably just some pale lagers.
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