Pairing Beer With Your Thanksgiving Pies

You may have your turkey dinner beer pairings covered, choosing possibly from amber ales, märzens, brown ales and biere de garde styles, but how about the delicious desserts you’ll be enjoying post-dinner?

Thanksgiving PiesFour pies that many families have on Thanksgiving are pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie and mincemeat. For the sake of brevity I’ll just touch on these, but if you have beer pairing questions about other types of Thanksgiving desserts, leave a comment in the post and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Pairing Beer with Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Sweet Potato Pie

These three southern-style pies feature sweet, cozy flavors that pair really well with sweet stouts or heavy baltic porters. The notion of pairing a pumpkin ale with pumpkin pie may be the first idea to cross your mind but I don’t recommend it. The flavors would simply get lost in one another. You want a beer that compliments the flavor of these pies, not one that matches it.

When it comes to pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie and pecan pie, I most definitely suggest going with a chocolate stout, oatmeal stout, cream stout or baltic porter. These are sweet enough to stand up to the pie and work really well with the flavors instead of disappearing.

Some of my personal favorite beers for pairing with pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato pies are:

Pairing Beer with Mincemeat Pie

Mincemeat pies feature flavors of apple, dark fruit and spices – perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas and even New Year’s celebrations. When it comes to pairing beer with flavors like these, I recommend an English brown ale or an English special bitter (ESB). The malty character of these styles compliment the fruits and spices, while carbonation helps to cut through the richness of the pie.

My personal recommendations for pairing beer with mincemeat pie are:

Have any recommendations of your own? Pass ’em along in the comments section.. We’d love to add more to our arsenal.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!


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