Thanksgiving: Beer Styles to Bring to Turkey Day


The holiday season is officially right around the corner, and with that comes the stress of gift buying, party planning, travel, meal planning, and many other things that surround the holidays each winter. However, my favorite holiday takes place this week and I’m officially excited to sit down with close family and friends over a great meal and of course, great beer.

On that note, let’s talk about what types of beer are quite popular for your Thanksgiving feast.

When thinking about Thanksgiving, many people associate pumpkin beers and stouts. I like to mix things up a bit and always try to have at least 1 saison to share at Thanksgiving. These Farmhouse style beers lend themselves to be a great beer style to start off your day without ruining your palette for the rest of the day. One of my favorite saison styles is from Crooked Stave and I’m happy to be able to share a bottle of Surette Provision Saison from a recent trip to Denver at my Thanksgiving this week.

Often times when eating a big meal, I like to think of a style that won’t make you feel full too quickly, but still has good flavor and balance. Since it is getting colder in Pittsburgh, all of us “yinzers” often turn to winter styles of beer to keep in the spirit of colder weather. I’m headed to East End Brewing this week to pick up some Snow Melt Winter Ale to share with our family meal for Thanksgiving. This beer has a slight red color is more on the malty side with a hint of spice to make it taste like a holiday beer. As their web site suggests, “This beer is best used for frost removal, holiday toasting, and guaranteed to clear the fog off your glasses.” I’m excited to head down to East End Brewery this week too as they recently were approved to be a brewpub in Pennsylvania, which in case you don’t know, can take a lot of time and lots of jumping through hoops.

Buy A Good Friend A Good Beer
Buy A Good Friend A Good Beer

It’s probably safe to say that almost everyone looks forward to dessert on Thanksgiving. Whether it’s that first piece of pumpkin pie or those tasty cookies that someone made, we all look forward to eating the last part of a Thanksgiving feast. I’m excited this year to share a beer I’ve been saving for a while that is from Karbach Brewery in Houston, TX.

HellFighter 2013

Hellfighter Imperial Porter has a great coffee and chocolate balance that zings you with the boldness of the bourbon barrels. What I enjoy about this series from Karbach is that each year the distilleries they use for their barrels change, which gives the beer a slightly different taste each release. This beer only gets better with age and I’m excited to open my bottle with family this year over some pumpkin pie.

At the end of this Thanksgiving, I hope all of you have enjoyed a good meal with family or friends and enjoy a few good beers. Cheers to a happy holiday season!

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