Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

Nov 22, 2016



Food: Everything salted crackers and aged cheddar cheese

Beer: Reissdorf Kölsch

Reason: Wakes up the palate with salty, crunchy crackers and the herbal hoppiness of the Kolsch balances the sharpness of the cheddar

Main Course

Food: Herb-crusted roasted turkey

Beer: Saison Dupont

Reason: Champagne-like effervescence with earthy, citrus and spice flavors from the Saison complement the herbal and buttery notes of the turkey


Food: Bourbon-spiked pumpkin pie

Beer: Allagash Curieux

Reason: Vanilla notes from the bourbon-spiked and bourbon-barrel-aged combined with heat of the ABV



Food: Baked Apricot Brie with assorted crackers

Beer: Allagash White

Reason: Citrus notes of the beer complement the sweetness of the apricots and the crisp finish contrasts and cleanses the pallet from the rich soft cheese.

Main Course

Food: Bourbon and maple brined turkey

Beer: Weihenstephaner Pils or Abita Amber

Reason: Turkey and fixin’s are the star at this meal and beverage should just play a supporting role. I like lighter lagers for the main course.


Food: Apple PieA La Mode

Beer: North Coast Old Rasputin

Reason: I like like the roasted, coffee, chocolate and caramel flavors of the beer with the sweetness, cinnamon, and vanilla of the pie.



Food: Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Beer:  Strand 24th Street Pale Ale

Reason: Simple and good

Main Course

Food: Glazed Ham

Beer: Tripel Karmeliet

Reason: It’s a stellar complement to the glaze


Food: Banana cream pie

Beer: Flying Dog Kujo Coffee Stout

Reason: perfect hint of coffee with dessert



Food: GOOD Cheese and crackersvitus_bottle

Beer: Aecht Schlenkerla Märzen Rauchbier (smoked beer)

Reason: Because the big smoky beer goes perfectly with creamy white cheeses

Main Course

Food: Turkey of course

Beer: Bitburger Pils

Reason: Goes perfectly with food, not too heavy

Side Dish

Food: Stuffing

Beer: Weihenstephaner Vitus

Reason: It tastes delicious, goes well with food and ramps up the ABVs


Food: traditional Pumpkin Pie with real whipped cream,

Beer: Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Bourbon barrel aged pumpkin

Reason: why not?



Food: Pumpernickel Bread and Butter

Beer: Kostritzer Schwarzbier

Reason: What better way to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal than to be full of bread? Warm and roasty flavors complement a crisp, similarly flavored lager

Main Course

Food: Turducken and honey cornbread stuffing

Beer: St. Bernardus Tripel

Reason: Alcohol, spicy yeast, and crisp carbonation competes with the three-bird entree and herb-filled , honey-sweet stuffing.


Food: German Chocolate Cake

Beer: Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Reason: Complementing toffee and caramel notes, with an alcohol level and crispness for balance. German on German.



Food: Soft ripe cheese

Beer: Petrus Aged Pale Ale

Reason: Tartness of the beer cuts through the creaminess of the cheese



Food: Turkey Spring Rolls

Beer: North Coast Scrimshaw

Reason: crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.

Main Course

Food: Thai Turkey

Beer: Tiger

Reason: slightly sweet note and an amazingly clean finish

Side Dish

Food: Plymouth Cucumber Salad

Beer: Humboldt Red Nectar

Reason: Light in taste


Food: Pilgrim Cantaloupe sorbet

Beer: Mission Hefeweizen

Reason: pairs well with the lite taste of banana cream.



Food: Corn Chowder

Beer: Reissdorf Kölsch

Reason: Crisp Kolsch cuts rich chowder

Main Course

Beer: Paulaner Marzen

Reason: melanoidins in the beer and crispy turkey skin

Side Dish

Food: Roasted Bacon & Brussel Sprouts

Beer: Strand 24th Street Pale Ale

Reason: Roasty/smokey with crystal malts


Food: Pecan PIe with bourbon infused whipped cream

Beer: Anderson Valley Huge Arker

Reason: Complementary bourbon & Roasted malts with crisp gooey pecans!



Food: Liver paté on toast

Beer: St. Bernardus Tripel

Reason: Both are rich and the carbonation of the Tripel cuts through the paté nicely

Main Course

Food: Traditional turkey with dressing

Beer: Schneider Original Weisse

Reason: Schneider is a very balanced beer without being too heavy


Food: Pumpkin pie with orange peel and Cognac

Beer: New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout

Reason: Dragon’s Milk will balance out the sweetness of the pie

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