Turkey Day is tomorrow, and I’m finally getting around to planning the beer portion of the proceedings. Last year I broke the day down into three beer courses: before the meal, the feast itself, and the afterglow. I’m thinking along the same lines this year, with a few different beers and even *gasp* a little wine!
Before the meal, we’re serving a smattering of sharp cheeses and crackers, just enough to stimulate everyone’s appetite, but nothing to load up on. Because the cheeses are going to pack a flavor punch, I’m looking to pair them with a beer that’s malty and mellow, like an Old English Ale. I have some Great Divide Hibernator Ale in the fridge that’ll do just the trick.
For the feast itself, I have our now-traditional bottle (or two) of the Bruery’s Autumn Maple, an earthy treat that always plays nice with traditional Thanksgiving flavors. It’ll be on the table at room temperature to make sure its sweet thread of maple and yams is in full effect. I’m also serving a bottle of Italian Prosecco, a sparkling and dry white wine that’ll be just right for those at the table who prefer wine. I think I’ll have both, as I actually enjoy Prosecco – it’s almost like beer!
After the meal, I’ll be looking to settle in with a nice stout. I have a Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti that should be just perfect, with peppery kick acting as a palate cleanser after all those laborious hours of gorging myself. Poor me.
So there you have – it’s a lot like last year, which is how I roll. My wife was doing some menu planning the other day asked me what I wanted for Thanksgiving. I responded with “Thanksgiving! That’s what I want for Thanksgiving! Sheesh!” That’s how I like my holidays, same as they’ve ever been.
We hope you all have a great Thanksgiving this year – be safe, play nice with others, and take a minute to think about all the stuff you have to be thankful about. If you can’t think of anything, there’s always craft beer. Cheers!