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Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« on: September 16, 2016, 10:37:15 PM »
As the family homebrewer, I usually bring a beer or two for Thanksgiving. Nothing special, usually whatever I have around.

This year I'd like to brew one, or two, specifically for the day. One that will pair with the food. The usual Tday stuff on the table, and pies after everybody wakes from the food coma.

Anyone have suggestions?

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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2016, 10:51:15 PM »
Thanksgiving is a really big deal in my family, and I've always brewed a beer to bring along.

My advice is, don't brew something heavy or too high in alcohol. The first time I brewed for Thanksgiving I did NB's Surly Bender clone. It was a great beer, but just too filling/intoxicating. Folks had one or two then switched to commercial beers. (Heineken, Sam Adams, etc.)

Since then I've always tried to keep the ABV under 5%, and folks have said they prefer this. Last year I brewed a 3.8ish% bitter, we killed the corny that day. This year I'm planning a stout porter, should be about 4.2%. Planning on serving this one on cask, we'll see how it goes...
Corn is a fine adjunct in beer.

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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2016, 11:13:48 PM »
I agree that high abv beers can be tough after all the heavy food. Having several taps, I like to have a tap or two with lighter bodied offerings for people to choose - cream ale, various pils, table saison, etc. But I'll admit that in the fall I like to have beers like American Brown, Dubbel, stouts,etc., around as seasonals. But I brew a pretty decent American hoppy beer and those seem to go fast regardless of season.


Edit - It pains me to suggest a pumpkin beer (as I'm thoroughly burned out on them) but given the holiday....never mind. Nope.  Good luck.
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2016, 12:22:50 PM »
I bring cranberry mead to Thanksgiving.
As a beer lover and foodie I actually have to say that beer just doesn't go with Thanksgiving.Its just a recipe for feeling crappy. Mead or wine before the meal and with it and a pour of whiskey or a digestive like fernet or grappa after (or the best of both worlds:a smoking gun) is the way to go.
But that's not what you want to hear. How about a <4% saison with a little cranberry for before the meal? Then, against the others advice, how about a quad, RIS, or barleywine to go with dessert in 4 or 6 oz pours?
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2016, 03:24:16 PM »
Really take it to heart and make a Thanksgiving-flavored beer. Add sweet potatoes and pumpkin to the mash. Boil with a whole turkey like an old cock ale. Add poultry herbs at flameout. Ferment and add cranberries in secondary. Don't be afraid to add other vegetables to the mash--whatever you enjoy on turkey day.
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2016, 12:38:44 AM »
I think a Vienna Lager would be nice for Thanksgiving.
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2016, 02:56:45 AM »
Any homebrew is great on a day devoted to a homemade meal. But I always like to have an Amber Ale and a Porter--the first with the meal itself and the second before and maybe after (especially by the fireplace).
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2016, 11:02:18 AM »
I bring cranberry mead to Thanksgiving.
As a beer lover and foodie I actually have to say that beer just doesn't go with Thanksgiving.Its just a recipe for feeling crappy. Mead or wine before the meal and with it and a pour of whiskey or a digestive like fernet or grappa after (or the best of both worlds:a smoking gun) is the way to go.
But that's not what you want to hear. How about a <4% saison with a little cranberry for before the meal? Then, against the others advice, how about a quad, RIS, or barleywine to go with dessert in 4 or 6 oz pours?

Pete has a point. Maybe the better question is what sort of food do you serve?

I'm fortunate that aside from the typical turkey/mashed potatoes/stuffing, we also have a bunch of regional/family favorites that are Thanksgiving staples. SOMD stuffed ham, Tourtière, roasted turnips, homemade rolls...all very good with beer.

If your family has any of it's own favorite/traditional meals it might be fun to brew a beer specifically to go along with that dish.
Corn is a fine adjunct in beer.

And don't buy stale beer.

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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2016, 04:11:03 PM »
I'm a huge fan of Saison Dupont with turkey, so I'd suggest something in that vein.
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2016, 04:18:42 PM »
I'm a huge fan of Saison Dupont with turkey, so I'd suggest something in that vein.


Yep, not too many beers I like better. Goes great @ Thanksgiving.
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2016, 04:36:21 PM »
I often make an apple ale for Thanksgiving.  It's basically a witbier base with half the liquid being fresh orchard apple cider.

In the past I have also made winter warmers... probably about time for me to brew a winter warmer again actually, I think that's a really good idea.  Yeah...
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2016, 10:04:37 PM »
I'll go completely against the grain and suggest a Mild or an English Bitter.  Or better yet, one in-between the two - an English Bitter with some Simpson's Double Roast to land in a "sweet spot" between the two styles.  I just made some of that and I am having trouble not tapping into it every night this week!
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2016, 12:53:07 AM »
I'll go completely against the grain and suggest a Mild or an English Bitter.  Or better yet, one in-between the two - an English Bitter with some Simpson's Double Roast to land in a "sweet spot" between the two styles.  I just made some of that and I am having trouble not tapping into it every night this week!
I agree that a Mild would be very nice.
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Re: Beer style(s) for Thanksgiving?
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2016, 06:40:21 PM »
Also along the lines of Bitters and Marzens is Irish Red.  Very refreshing and quaffable and goes great with many foods.  I think its a great gateway beer for the BMC "I don't like dark beer" folks. They taste Irish Red and are surprised (in a good way).  It's another one of my "unsung hero" favorites, and is quite flexible in terms of how big or small you can make it.
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