Did you know that it’s been well documented in many voyage journals that the Mayflower abandoned its voyage and landed in Plymouth due to running out of beer? Or that one of the first establishments constructed within the Pilgrim colony was a brewery? Knowing these facts, beer seems to be as appropriate to incorporate into your Thanksgiving celbrattion as the turkey, stuffing, and gravy!
This Turkey Day, celebrate the way it should be celebrated, with beer! And since it’s a very important holiday, don’t just serve any beer. Serve different varieties of craft beer with each course. If you are not sure what to serve and when to serve it, no problem! Below, we’ve provided suggestions on which beer variety to serve with each course.
Apértif (before dinner): Many of us start the festivities early in the day, so in the attempt to save room for the food and the marathon day of drinking, start out with a light-bodied brew such as Pilsner, Lager, or Hefeweizen. This will get everyone loosened up a little and get the party started.
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Appetizers: When the appetizers come out, move onto a more moderate beer such as Pale Ale. This pairs nicely with salads, most cheese varieties, fruits, and light appetizers.
The Main Event: Enjoy your turkey, gravy, stuffing, and all the other Thanksgiving Day goodness with a strong Belgian Style Pale Ale or Golden Ale. The higher alcohol percentages cut through fats and starches, provide a sweet edge and boast complex flavors when paired with different foods.
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Dessert: Hopefully, by now you have saved room to satisfy your sweet tooth! When it comes to pairing beer with the dessert course, you need to remember one thing. Make sure your beer is sweeter than your dessert. Seek out big Stouts, as they tend to work best with this final course.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!