Thanksgiving and craft beer

Written by on November 26, 2014 in The Beer Diaries

We know from experience that Thanksgiving fare traditionally seems to go with all manner of wine and spirits, and that’s fine, but we’re here to tell you that maybe you can enjoy some hearty brews which would be an equal, or even better match to all those sweet and savoury flavors.  So, without further ado, here are the Beer Diaries Top Five Thanksgiving Brews, 2014 Edition:

1. Our Special Ale 2014 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

Released every year in November, and available throughout the holiday season, this is a typically spiced, fruity dark ale.

2. Ninkasi Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale

Sleigh’r kicks it up a notch or two, by doubling up (down?) on the historical German altbier style.  With a goodly extra alcohol component, and a name that will help inspire the will to attack Black Friday with zeal.

3. New Belgium Accumulation

Yep, for a lot of us (especially Buffalo, yikes) the snow has come to stay, and will likely just keep piling up, so make an ode to the idea, and then dismiss it by trying something that is more reminiscent of hoppy summers.

4. Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Many beer aficionados claim that pumpkin season extends to the end of November, and we tend to agree with them – enjoy this hearty, warming pumpkin ale with any and all of your gourd-inspired desserts.

5. Avery Pump[KY]n

In place of those spirituous cocktails or wee drams, or even your great-aunt’s sherry, pair this very strong, but still smooth and supple Bourbon pumpkin ale with appetizers.  Or maybe just as a nightcap.

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