|Southern Tier Pumking with Thanksgiving 2010.|
In my family we always have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, biscuits, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce, etc. As much as I enjoy the meal and the experience, I find that none of the food items served for Thanksgiving are highly flavorful, robust, or complex. That’s not to say it’s bland – just simple. It’s difficult for me to find a beer that truly enhances the holiday experience.
Pumpkin beers would seem to be a natural choice because they can be either sweet or spicy depending on the beer and thus make for good contrasting pairings. But if you’re going to have pumpkin pie for dessert then it’s rather redundant. There’s also Oktoberfestbiers – seasonal and slightly more flavorful than the average fizzy yellow lager – but again, they’re utilitarian. Imperial IPAs and stouts and big Belgian beers tend to be flavorful enough for the food, but are just too heavy and dense. Sure, it’ll taste great – but you’ll be hurting for the rest of the day. Last year I tried a standard porter, but I found the flavors to be distracting.
|Southern Tier Choklat with chocolate cream pie – an obvious, but delicious pairing!|
- So what beers are you having this Thanksgiving?
- Do you have separate beers for the meal and dessert?
- Will you be drinking something special for Thanksgiving meal, but switch to something common for football-watching?
- Is Thanksgiving a good opportunity to get relatives, friends, and guests to expand their palate, or do you find people don’t like to experiment?
- Have you ever cooked with beer for Thanksgiving?
- In general, do you prefer beers that complement or contrast the food?