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Craft-Beer Pairings For Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is about to get a whole lot better.

Emily Hutto Nov 20, 2014 - 4 min read

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For many of us craft beer geeks, Thanksgiving is not just a day for sharing food; it’s also a great excuse to host a bottle or growler share. To best suggest what beer styles to bring to your Thanksgiving meals, I called in some food and beer experts, who helped to create this Thanksgiving food pairing guide.

Stuffing + Belgian Wit

“The light body and citrus characteristics of the wit complement the spices you often find in stuffing,” says Jared Rouben, the owner and brewer at Chicago’s Moody Tongue Brewery. Witbier also has the minerality that you’d find in oysters, Rouben says, so it’s a perfect pairing with oyster stuffing. Stock the fridge this Thanksgiving with these Belgian-style wits, which are so light in body, effervescent, and refreshing that they’ll pair with most of the other items at the table.

  • Moody Tongue Brewing (Chicago, Illinois) Crushed Green Coriander Wit
  • Fort George Brewery (Astoria, Oregon) Quick Wit
  • Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) ZŌN Belgian-Style Witbier

Cranberry Sauce + Berliner Weisse

Let the sweetness of this Thanksgiving relish tame the sour, acidic qualities of these German-style Berliner Weisses for the ultimate pucker of a pairing.

  • Hinterland (Greenbay, Wisconsin) Berliner Weisse
  • Elevation Beer Co. (Poncha Springs, Colorado) Engel Weisse
  • The Bruery (Placentia, California) Hottenroth Berliner Weisse

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