Beer Pairings for Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes
We food writers toe a fine line every Thanksgiving. We’re cooks too, so we understand how fraught it can be to balance tradition and innovation with each dish on our menu. How do you tell your dad that you would honestly rather make a ham this year than roast one more turkey? It’s a tough call.
If you’re looking for a way to add something unexpected to your table this Thanksgiving, here’s one option that still gives everyone the chance to enjoy the classic food they’ve been craving all year. Instead of wine, try a beer pairing for each dish on the Thanksgiving buffet.
Whether you serve each pairing as a beer flight or let guests pick and choose what they’d like to sample, offering a selection of brews as part of your Thanksgiving menu doesn’t take anything away from the day — and may convert a few fans to the world of craft beer! (Who knew Grandma was such a big proponent of porter?)
This year, try these beer-pairing suggestions for your tried-and-true Thanksgiving dishes. Cheers!
Let’s face it — when we’re talking about these two titans of the Thanksgiving table, we’re also talking about a third component (and one that many would argue is the most crucial element of enjoyment): gravy. Its blanket of comforting salty starchiness can be paired with a classic Oktoberfest — either a German bottle, like the Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen, or one of the many American versions from Yuengling, Shiner, and others.