Most people show up with a bottle of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir to Thanksgiving. Snore. Bring something a little different and break out a few nice beers! In fact, I have read that pilgrims drank beer, not wine, at the very first Thanksgiving. A brewery was one of the first things they set up when settlers landed in Plymouth.
I'll also be having beer on Thursday and here is my plan.
Pregame: Thanksgiving is a long day. Start it off with something light, crisp, and refreshing that will not fill you up to much while your watching football and cooking up a storm.
Light beer options:
- Trumer Pils (above; for you West Coasters)
- Victory Prima Pils (East Coasters)
Dinner: With turkey and all the other über-rich foods on the table, I like to go with something a little bit stronger that can cut through all that fat. A good strong Belgian Ale is the best for this.
- Avec Les Bons Voeux, Brasserie Dupont (above)
- Russian River Damnation
Another option for dinner is to go with a nice hoppy amber, brown, or Scottish ale if you're having something smokey or spicy.
Ambers + Brown Ales
- Bear Republic Red Rocket (above; for you West Coasters)
- Dogfishhead Indian Brown Ale - (East Coasters)
Dessert: Normally I would not choose to have beer with dessert, but this year I am going to give it a shot. The Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company should go well with some pie.