Thanksgiving dinner features an onslaught of delicious fall flavors and textures, all of which pair excellently with a delightful array of beers. From cloudy Belgian Saisons to highly alcoholic West Coast IPAs, brews can enhance the tastes of one of your favorite meals of the year. Here are some choice pairings for your most beloved dishes. But you don’t have to wait for the right dish to be ready to enjoy anything on this list. Feel free to crack one open at whatever point your family makes you need a drink.
If you add a lot of garlic to your spuds, citric sweetness will be a welcome partner. Fat Tire’s Citradelic Tangerine IPA will balance out the onion-y flavor with bright, natural sweetness. If you go easy on the garlic and pour on the cream and butter instead, a thick stout like Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout or a Guinness would mirror the rich mouthfeel of the potatoes while breaking up their starch with a healthy dose of malt.
Green Bean Casserole
A strong IPA is an ideal pairing for green beans. Hoppy beers are great with mushrooms and fried foods, so think a Stone Delicious IPA or Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. If you’re not an IPA drinker, Belgian wheats also work well with this vegetable dish, so reach for one like Hoegaarden or Allagash White.
Lean into the tartness of every kid’s favorite turkey day side with a sour beer. Sours are a very popular style to brew at the moment, so you’re likely to find a few locally made choices at your neighborhood liquor store or supermarket. Westbrook’s Gose is a great option as is Sixpoint Brewery’s Jammer, which is a little sweeter than most sours and would play well with tart cranberries.
Sausage and beer want to be together so don’t stand in their way. The beer needn’t be heavy; lighter German and Czech beers are also tasty options. Pilsner Urquell is a stand-by classic and very easy to drink. Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Sunshine Pils is a domestically brewed crowd favorite. A Kolsch is another great option and Trillium’s Sprang is known as one of the best made stateside.
For the big bird, you’ll want a beer with body. A Belgian-style Saison or golden ale is a fantastic choice. Ommegang’s Hennepin has spicy and toasted notes, along with a high dose of effervescence that will continue to keep your palate bright even after your second helping. Duvel’s strong golden ale also works well as it too is spicy but lacks the orange notes of a Saison and has a darker, slightly more bitter, taste.