Thanksgiving Beer Pairing Recommendations
Founders Harvest Ale
Riverside Market owner and noted purveyor of fine brews Julian Seigel recommends this delicious IPA that contains underpinnings of hop sweetness in the form of orange and lemon character. It's a balanced and non-aggressive India pale ale, having been wet hopped from fresh hops of the growing season, which lend a freshness and bely its 70 IBUs and 7.6% abv.
Harvest ale can be found in a convenient 12oz 6-pack.
Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus
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Julian shared this low alcohol secret with us. The Pumpkin Lambicus is a unique meeting of a lambic and a pumpkin beer. It has a distinct pumpkin flavor but with an added tartness that brings this beer to another level. This could fare well with a heaping of cranberry sauce covered turkey, or just by itself as an apertif while waiting for everything to finish cooking. It clocks in at 4% abv, which is high for lambics, but probably lower than most beers on this list. "You can't go wrong with a pumpkin beer for Thanksgiving," Julian said. "[This] and the Founders beer are all part of the harvest season. It just works."
Pumpkin Lambicus can be purchased in 750ml bottles.
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin / Southern Tier Pumking
Bobby Gordash, craft beer alchemist for Florida Beer Company of Cape Canaveral, recommends this beer blend for anyone looking for a complete pumpkin beer experience. "You'll get the pumpkin pie spices as well as a flavor reminiscent of spiced cookies," he said. As a note, we tried this combination, and agree with Bobby's statements. Try this one at the table and give your guests a little show with their dinner.
You can find both of these beers in 22oz bombers.
- Dogfish Head Kvasir, a tart offering from the Ancient Ales series. Brewed with lingonberries, cranberries, birch syrup and herbs.
- Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout, a rich and very chocolaty English stout.
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