5 Beers for the Bounty

5 Beers for the Bounty

Beer has the amazing ability to pair with a variety of foods and the autumnal flavors of Thanksgiving are where beer shines the brightest. We’ve put together a list of beers that will complement your fall harvest feast. There’s a lot happening on your plate – a variety of textures and flavors, each asking for their own carbonated complement.

1. Biere de Garde

A popular style of beer that is often suggested for the Thanksgiving feast is Biere de Gard (also known as Farmhouse Ales). This style was traditionally made brewed in the Nord-PPas-de-Calais region of France and originally brewed in farmhouses during winter and spring. These beers are naturally cloudy and have a refreshing note of malts, spice, and hops.

A few suggestions:
Braxton Hillside Farmhouse Ale  
Ommegang Hennepin

2. Dubbel

Dubbels are a fun pairing for the bird and all the fixings. Their high carbonation help to clean the palate from rich gravies and dairy-rich mashed potatoes. Dubbels have an autumnal flavor profile with notes of clove, spice and dark fruit. These notes help to compliment sweet potatoes, stuffing and the best parts of the bird. All this makes for a wonderful bounty at the dinner table.

A few suggestions:

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel 
Ommegang Abbey Ale

3. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest styles are characterized by a toasty malt richness and accented by low bitterness. There also quite low in alcohol. All this makes for a great addition to the dinner table. Most likely your guests will be familiar with the style.

A few suggestions:

Brooklyn Oktoberfest  
Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest

4. Scotch Ale

The Scotch Ale style is characterized by rich, smooth malt character. With a flavor profile that includes toffee, dark fruit, and touches of peat everything that compliments the bounty on your plate. Don’t forget to add these with your dessert offerings.

A few suggestions:

Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale
McEwan’s Scotch Ale  

5. Brown Ale

The Brown Ale style is perfect for the occasion. You’ll find these beers packed with a multitude of flavors. In this style, you’ll find notes of toasted nuts, chocolate flavors and touches of coffee. All these flavors are great at the feast.

A few suggestions:

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale 
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Try a couple of these styles around the table this year. These beers will be a perfect pairing with all diverse flavors around your Thanksgiving table. They’re perfect for the beer lover and the beer novice. Mix your styles up and showcase the bountiful styles that beer has to offer.

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