There is a lot to be thankful for this year. One thing to be thankful is the amazing beer that we have right at our finger tips. Seriously, we are in a craft beer boom and there is no better way to show our gratitude than to do it with the beer we drink and share with loved ones. With that being said, here is a list of 5 Thanksgiving beers that you should scoop up for turkey (or tofurkey) day 2015.
5 Thanksgiving Beers
1. Saison by Funkwerks Brewing: This brewery is well known across the country for their saisons and the brewery’s flagship is an all around crowd pleaser. The spicy and lemony phenolics pair perfectly with the peppery, bready yeast with a slight grassy crisp flavor of this one. This beer’s complexity paired with tis approachability is fantastic to share at the table with family. The beautiful beer is bound to look perfect next to the landscape of thanksgiving grub you spent hours preparing.
2. Oro de Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin: Looking for a beer that has everything to offer just like a t-day feast minus the cleanup? Well, Oro de Calabaza is it for you. Biere de Garde is hands down one of the best thanksgiving beers because of the depth of aroma and flavor it packs. This slightly sour version offers a lot to beer aficionados and newbies. A slight funky apricot on the nose hits you while the flavor is one similar to grapes, slight stone fruit with a slight malt sweetness. Carve the turkey and then pop the bottle! Check out Irving’s Video Review of Jolly Pumkin Oro de Calabaza
3. Abbey by New Belgium: This sweet but flavorful beer will go fast. The dark fruit with a slight banana profile is present at the nose. A caramel and slight toffee note on initial taste with back coming in with cherries and raisins. The new recipe is even better than the original, so go grab a sixer of this brew and expect it to be gone before dinner is done.
4. Union Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing: Lest we forget about the hop heads in the family. By far one of my favorite IPAs of all times. This beer will no doubt please those who enjoy a good hop slap to the face. This beautiful beer will throw a big citrus and slight pine smell when poured. The malt is secondary but can be found. The flavor is where this beer dominates. Big citrus with some mango and light resin. Malt does a good job of balancing but it is all about the hops. Coats the month and might give a slight boozy aftertaste but clears up well. Love this beer. Check out Irving’s Video Review of Firestone Walker Union Jack
5. Milk Stout by Left Hand Brewing: A good T-day meal isn’t complete without dessert. Nothing like having a big ass slice of pumpkin pie with a glass of cold milk stout. This roasty beer will give you that dark malt profile yet not astringent but instead super creamy mouthfeel with some really nice lingering sweetness. This beer is a one to drink while finishing up your pie but before you go into your food coma. Remember…pour hard. Check out Irving’s Video Review of Left Hand Milk Stout
Alright Keg Tappers….we wish you a great holiday surrounded by good friends, family and beer. Cheers!