Planning a Thanksgiving meal is fairly easy for most. You start with the staples of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and so forth. Then you throw in the random dishes that your family and friends have always had on the dinner table and call it a meal. But what about beverages?
In the home I grew up in, holidays were always sort of strange with a lot of disconnection and forced interactions so the adults always looked to alcohol to help keep the peace. Whether it was wine or beer, it didn’t matter as long as there was plenty of it. But now that I am an adult and can make my own alcohol decisions, I find myself struggling on what to select for holiday beverages.
This post does a great job of explaining what beer styles should be on the dinner table and easy to find brew examples at the store.
Oktoberfest’s are the first thing that come to mind for me when thinking about beers to drink during the holiday season, especially on Thanksgiving. Great Lakes Oktoberfest is a well balanced beer with a malty, yet slightly hoppy mouth-feel that pairs perfectly with anything bready and/or sweet.= like sweet potato casserole or cranberry salad.
This Thanksgiving, I will be spending my day in Morgantown, W. Va. As the home of West Virginia University, notorious for parties and excessive drinking, I am sure there will be plenty of Natural Lights accompanying instant mashed potatoes as some college kids won’t be able to make the long trek home.
They make tablecloths for a reason, right?
At any rate, celebrating Thanksgiving with a perfect glass of Barbera or an Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison is sure to be rather enjoyable.