Thanksgiving is now just a week away, so if you haven’t yet decided on which beers to serve with your turkey, now is the time. You need brews that will stand up to the taste but not overpower it; a delicate balance indeed. My three favorite styles to pair with turkey dinner, and all the fixings, are Amber Ales, Oktoberfests and Brown Ales (English or American will do).
Looking for an even heavier push in the right direction? Ok, ok, I’ve got a bit more up my sleeve. Here are some of my personal choices for each of the three styles.
Ithaca Beer Company Cascazilla
The first time I had this American Amber was at a beer fest that we attended about 2 years ago at Hamburg Fairgrounds. Described as “monstrously hoppy,” this red ale packs a 7% ABV punch with a touch of sweetness behind the hops to pair perfectly with your turkey dinner.
Flying Bison Aviator Red
The maltier side of American Ambers, Flying Bison’s Aviator Red remains one of my true favorite brews (although I do enjoy a hoppy beer at times, my heart tends to pull to the malt overall) and another great beer to enjoy with turkey and all of the fixings. The caramel flavors with hints of cherries even pair well with the cranberry sauce!
Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
Although I’m not a huge fan of everything Samuel Adams, I do enjoy their Oktoberfest brew, plus they’re generally easy to find for most of America, and therefore a good bet for your Thanksgiving dinner. Crisp carbonation and good balance keeps your palate clean throughout the meal.
Custom BrewCrafters Oktoberfest
Slightly sweeter than the Sam Adams offering, Custom BrewCrafters Oktoberfest Lager features molasses-like malts with hints of hops for proper balance. If you prefer your brews to have a heavier mouthfeel, choose this chewy brew over the Sam Adams Oktoberfest for your holiday feast.
Newcastle Brown Ale
Newcastle Brown Ale offers a nutty, slightly chocolaty nose and taste that pairs well with the sweeter side of your turkey dinner. Medium bodied with light carbonation, you can enjoy a few of these throughout the meal but probably not too many.
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
I wouldn’t describe this American Brown as a session beer either, but it definitely has more balance between hops and malt than the English Brown Ale above, so if you’re looking to pair a brown ale with your meal but require a kick of hops to better stand up to your food, this is a great way to go. Its champagne-like carbonation is a nice addition too.
Have your own beer and turkey pairing suggestions? Please share them with us! Plus, check out Deron’s suggestions from last year.
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