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Offline erockrph

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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2016, 10:03:40 PM »
An underrated beer style that works surprisingly well with holiday fare is a smallish robust porter. I find that the roast compliments the meal quite well, and you can brew something in the 4% range that won't fill you up. Hearty without being heavy.

That said, if I'm bringing a growler to a holiday meal, it is almost always filled with cider - preferably a cranberry cider.

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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2016, 09:38:31 PM »
I am trying a pumpkin spice ofest and a amber IPA with a Amber Saison.  I like the idea of giving something flavorfull but reasonable gravity... 4-7% But time will tell.  I have a younger group of people down for the friendsgiving drinkfest I am throwing so we will see.
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2016, 09:42:54 PM »
Sounds good.  When I make pumpkin beers, I prefer to only add pumpkin right at the end during the naming stage. 
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2016, 07:53:01 PM »
I like brown ale with Thanksgiving food. Something in the 1.050-1.060 range, 25-35 IBUs and not dry-hopped.

I also think a balanced pale ale tastes great with traditional American food. Something like this would work for a 5 gal batch:

90% pale ale malt from anywhere
5% UK Medium Crystal
5% carapils or similar
~1.050

mash ~153ยบ F depending on yeast choice, for a 75-78% AA

30-40 IBUs
Bitter with Nugget/CTZ/Apollo/Whatever FWH or 60 mins or 90 mins
1-2 oz of Cascade, Amarillo or Centennial at 10 mins
1-3 oz of Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial or Chinook, or a blend of any 2-3 at flameout/whirlpool
0-2 oz of any of those hops dry

American or English yeast (personally, I like to mash dry and use 1968 or equivalent).

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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2016, 09:04:36 PM »
I know this will sound like heresy here but for the Turkey Day meal we prefer to serve a nice cold Riesling.  Light body, slightly sweet and compliments the turkey and all the calorie laden foods.

Later in the day, it's whatever I have on tap.  Late Fall usually means an American Wheat, Golden Ale, Fat Tire clone, a Sour Mash and/or a RIPA or a Red.  I try to keep a wide range available.  I usually have a bottled Porter or Stout in the fridge.

I just prefer wine with the meal.

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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2016, 09:07:53 PM »
I know this will sound like heresy here but for the Turkey Day meal we prefer to serve a nice cold Riesling.  Light body, slightly sweet and compliments the turkey and all the calorie laden foods.

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