Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

Posted by BeerMaven | Uncategorized | Posted on November 26th

Due to the complexity and diversity of flavors offered throughout a Thanksgiving meal, it can be difficult for any beer enthusiast to come to a decision on which beer to enjoy with the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Most beer and food pairings seek to compliment or contrast flavors, such as pairing tart and sweet foods with beers that are light, crisp or citrusy and paring spicy or savory dishes with thick full bodied beers that will not be overpowered. During a Thanksgiving feast, however, the pallet is exposed to a variety of flavors and it can be difficult to find beers that pair well with each of them. Beer club enthusiasts find the holidays to be a great time to experiment with new beer and food pairings and to decide what works best for their individual tastes.

Darker and full bodied beers match well with the main course— the traditional turkey or ham. Dark ales, porters and stouts will not be overpowered by the variety of flavors you will encounter in the side dishes and the molasses and caramel notes will complement the roasted flavor of the meat. Electing to go with a porter or stout at the end of the feast is also a great way to finish the meal.

If you want to find a beer that will compliment the multitude of flavors you will find in the side dishes, a lighter, spicier and citrusy beer will do. Examples of such beers include Belgian witbiers for their citrus notes or India Pale Ales for their hoppy, spicy and floral notes. These beers will blend well with numerous side dishes and won’t overpower the flavors of turkey or ham.

There has never been a better time to experiment with new beers than when in the company of family and friends and while enjoying a great meal. Thanksgiving is a great time to enjoy offerings from different beer clubs as it allows you to try a variety of beers against the same type of variety of foods. If you can’t decide which direction to go, it is always just easier to drink a lighter beer during the course of the meal and to finish it off with a nice chocolate stout for dessert.

St-Ambroise Pumpkin Citrouille by McAuslan Brewing

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on November 4th

St Ambroise Pumpkin Ale

One of my favorite things about fall are pumpkin flavored things, and that includes beer. I was excited to receive this pumpkin beer in this month’s beer shipment. On the pour look for a perfectly fall-like amber color. The aroma is a welcoming bouquet filled with warm spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. All the spices are present in the flavor as well in a harmonious way. Since this is a pumpkin ale, expect some pumpkin flavor in there too. A delicious brew to enjoy on a crisp autumn day!

Bourgogne des Flandres Brune by Brouwerij Timmermans

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on November 4th

Bourgogne des Flandres Drune

Bourgogne des Flanders is a Flemish beer meaning “Burgundy of Flanders.” As the name suggests, this ale is wine-like and really should be consumed out of a glass in order to allow the ale to breathe. On the pour this ale is a deep reddish brown color with a beige head. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of cherry, some apple and port wine. The flavor starts out sweet and then some bitter oxidized notes take over from being aged in barrels like wine. Break out the cheese plate for this ale, the stinkier the cheese the better!

Pale Ale by Tuckerman Brewing Company

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on November 4th

Tuckerman Pale Ale

This pale ale pours a hazy golden color with a puffy white head that remains substantial as you drink. The aroma, full of bready malts and floral hops, begs you to dive in and take a sip. The aroma is also crisp and tart; mildly reminiscent of a granny smith apple. Pale malts, toastiness and floral hops all come together to form a balanced and very drinkable brew. This pale ale would stand up well paired with spicy foods. Enjoy!

Saranac Harvest Ale by Matt Brewing Company

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on November 4th

Saranac Harvest Ale

Fall is a great time for good seasonal brews. Everything about Saranac Harvest Ale screams autumn. The hazy amber color and bubbly white head set the stage for this flavorful ale. The aroma smells of a crisp fall day with notes of wheat and citrus. The flavor is quite clean on the palate from start to finish. This seasonal brew would pair well with a creamy pasta dish or a white chicken chili. Cheers!

Jefferson Stout (Sweet Potato Cream Stout) by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on October 7th

Jefferson Stout

This stout pours an opaque dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is like a freshly brewed cup of coffee along with hints of chocolate and caramel. This stout gets is creaminess from the addition of milk sugar and sweet potatoes. This beer may sound overwhelmingly sweet, but the bitter notes from the hops and roasted malts keep things balanced.

Lev Pale Double Bock by Mestansky Pivovar Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on October 7th

Lev Lion Pale Double Bock

This double bock pours a light golden/amber color with a puffy white head that leaves a nice collar. The aroma is an array of grassy/floral hops and lightly toasted malts. The malt flavor is a strong backbone for flavors of granny smith apples and a hint of spice. Lev is a delicious medium-bodied brew that pairs well with a number of foods or is great to enjoy on its own.

Wendelinus Bière D’Abbaye by Brasserie Meteor

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on October 7th

Wendelinus Biere

On the pour this beer is a clear copper color with a white head that fizzles out to a thin collar. The aroma is sweet with a fresh air grassy hop quality. The taste is quite sweet as well with honey and molasses notes, but they are grounded with bready malts and drying hops. A great beer to enjoy with seafood or herbaceous dishes.

SweetWater IPA by SweetWater Brewing Company

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on October 7th

Sweet Water IPA

Sweet Water IPA pours a foggy copper color with an off-white head that clings to the glass. Citrus rind and floral hops comprise the aroma that invites you to take a sip. The flavors are citrusy as well with a grapefruit-like bitterness. To off-set the citrus fruit flavors and floral hops are just the right amount of sweet malts. This is the second Sweet Water beer I’ve tried (the first being their 420 Extra Pale Ale) and both are fantastic brews!

Grieskirchner Weisse by Brauerei Grieskirchen

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Reviews | Posted on September 13th

Grieskirchner Weisse

Another great summer brew in this month’s beer shipment is this hefeweizen. On the pour this weisse is a cloudy light golden color with a bright white head that leaves a sturdy collar. The aroma is filled with citrus, grassy hops, and a hint of clove. As you would expect from the style, the wheat flavor is the star of the show with plenty of fizzy carbonation and citrus to brighten it up. Once the lemon accents wear off, there is a hint of a buttery or creamy characteristic that lingers on the palate. Perfect for enjoying on its own or with seafood dishes.