Thanksgiving 2013: Best beers to pair with Turkey Day feast


If you are preparing to spend Thanksgiving with your extended family, you may realize that your desire to load up on some booze could be at an all-time high. Luckily for you, we are here to help you out and let you know the best type of brews that you will want to pair with your Thanksgiving Day feast. First, there is the preparation. If you are waiting around for the food to get finished and can’t help but to get in some early morning drinking, make sure to go with something light. There is a long day ahead and you won’t want to weight down your stomach or get too full yet. However, once the turkey is on the table and dinner is served, there are some pairings that you will want to keep in mind. Turkey: This will likely be one of the most prominent foods in your meal, so you want to make sure your drink goes well with the turkey. Of course, it all depends on how you prepared your turkey, so pay close attention and make sure you choose the proper pairing. If you are a traditional person that simply roasts the turkey, you should go with a Scotch Ale. You won’t be sorry when the flavors match perfectly and your taste buds will thank you throughout the sitting. A person favorite of mine is Thirsty Dog Wulver, but you can find many Scotch Ales that will do the same trick. For those that choose to deep fry your turkey, well, I won’t judge you just yet. Just make sure to add some spices to the turkey for the extra favor and pair it with a nice and hoppy IPA. If you choose to do your damage by smoking the turkey, I already applaud you for your choices, but would be extra impressed if you pair the turkey with a porter and/or stout. This would have to be my favorite way to enjoy the turkey and the best pairing to go along with it. Pumpkin Pie: We all know that it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without some pumpkin pie, but what beer will go the best with the tasty dessert? Of course, the seasonal pumpkin brews will always be a perfect match, so that is the easiest place to go if you aren’t feeling too adventurous. You can check out our list of the top pumpkin beers by clicking here. If you are looking for something a little different, don’t be afraid to crack open a sweet stout. While the seasonal pumpkin brews will be great, you may find yourself feeling closer to heaven by pairing a sweet stout with your pumpkin pie. One beer that is a perfect pairing is Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, so give it a shot. Most importantly, make sure that you enjoy yourself on Thanksgiving and don’t have too many beers. You will want to stay awake during the football games later in the afternoon.

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