Craft beer and Thanksgiving are a natural match. There is no better time to explore beer + food pairing, try to convert stubborn relatives, and descend into a food + beer induced stupor.
This year, craft beer is in the national consciousness more than ever before, and there is no shortage of articles and posts about how to work craft beer into you feast. Instead of writing our own (we did that last year anyways), we’ve decide to gather some of our favorite coverage from across the internet into one handy post.
Beer of Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Coverage
Turkey Day has long been my favorite holiday, and though the realities of my ever-advancing age (some call it “maturity”) has taken the shine off of the celebration a bit, I still love the feast and the family and all that delicious food. Beer is the perfect accompaniment to the traditional feast (along with some Beaujolais Nouveau avant and a glass of bourbon après), and we wrote extensively about the craft beer thanksgiving last year:
- Three ways to work craft beer into your Thanksgiving celebrations
- Basics guidelines for pairing craft beer to the foods of the feast
- Shopping for craft beer on Thanksgiving
We also had a recap of how we integrated craft beer into our own meal.
The Best from the Web
The Serious Eats food bog has a great regular feature called “Ask a Cicerone” where they, ahem, ask a panel of Certified Cicerones for their favorite beers to pair with a variety of foods or cuisines. The Thanksgiving-focused installment is quite comprehensive and should give you some great ideas. The also have a second feature on the subject that broadly covers styles of beer that you can’t go wrong with bringing to the Turkey Day table.
Looking for a way to get more beer IN the meal? We love to use beer (pale ales, usually) when we’re brining the bird. Try this recipe from The Homebrew Chef for a moist, flavorful Tom Turkey.
LA Magazine has a great in-depth recommendations of styles to pair with the feast by friend-of-the-site, and celebrated author Randy Clemens. Clemens outlines what styles to experiment with and also includes locally brewed recommendations in each of the style.
If you’re reading along with all these links, you might have notices that everyone seems to be recommending a biere de garde, and – unless you’re a big fan of the farmhouse ales – you might be wondering what all the fuss could be about. Folks, all these beer writers can’t be wrong! You might think there’s a bit of a beer-nerd echo-chamber effect, but take it from us: biere de garde and a traditional Thanksgiving feast is a pairing as harmonious as IPA and buffalo wings.
We understand that not everyone is as excited about beer on the turkey day table as we are, and you may have some friends or family that will turn up their nose at the craft options, requesting a more traditional glass of wine. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered thanks to our colleagues at the Daily Dish! (My personal wine recs for the feast: the aforementioned Beaujolais Nouveau, cote du rhone, or a buttery chardonnay.)
Even More to Read
Here’s a list of more posts on the subject of beer and Thanksgiving. I’ll be adding to this list for the next couple of days as I find more helpful articles.
Tony Yanow (Golden Road, Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend) on his favorite beers to match to the holiday.
We Want to Hear from You!
We’re going to append some of our favorite reader suggestions onto this post, so leave us a comment, Tweet at us, or send an email with what your favorite beers are for the Thanksgiving holiday!