When buying beer for Thanksgiving, I carry over the same philosophy most of us apply to wine — except instead of a red and a white, with beer you want a light and a dark. But branch out from "light lagers" and "dark stouts." Here are my favorites:
• Pale Ales: I know it's not zany or crazy or even all that unexpected, but I love a good pale ale with Thanksgiving dinner. It's not as bitter or hoppy as an IPA, which can sometimes be a bit too abrasive with this meal, but a pale ale still has a nice citrusy flavor and crisp edge that clears the palate between bites.
• Dubbels: This is my style of choice for the "dark" category. Dubbels are incredibly rich and malty with lots of spicy and fruity flavors that hit all the right notes with a holiday meal. Although this is a Belgian style of beer, plenty of American craft breweries are making excellent dubbels as well.
For some specific beer suggestions, check out these past posts:
Are you serving a beer along with your Thanksgiving meal?
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