November 26, 2013

The Best Beer to Pair With Thanksgiving Dinner

So every year I get asked what’s the best beer to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a question I’ve thought about for years and so I figured I’d throw my take out there for anyone with this same query.

For me, it’s the Belgian Golden ale. With all the savory-centric foods, I like that it’s not too sweet, but still very flavorful with tons of fruits and light hop presence. It’s high ABV (~9%) means you won’t fill up on liquid too; a bonus. Plus, these beers usually come in festive 750 ml bottles which are always fun to bring to a gathering, especially with craft beer newbies.

Brands that should be fairly easy to find would be Duvel, Delirium Tremens, or North Coast Pranqster. If you wanted to get adventurous try to track down Allagash Confluence, a Belgian Golden Ale (ish) fermented with brettanomyces and aged in wine barrels.

Thanksgiving dinner beer pairing

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