A Simply Beer Thanksgiving

The first thing that was asked of me on Thanksgiving is what beer are we having with dinner?  That’s right, I guess I should expect it since I have this blog.  But there is more to this guy then beer.  Every year I religiously make two feasts, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.  I go all out as far as a super amateur cook, 22lb Turkey, Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Souffle, Wild Rice Salad, Green Bean and Bacon Salad, Mac & Cheese, and Corn Bread.  It’s quite an undertaking for me, two days of cooking which is consumed within 15 minutes.  Still, I’m a beer guy so we had a great selection of beer to taste with dinner and desert.Peter of Simply Beer Ommegang Zwaar Blonde

AS we sat down to indulge in the feast I’d spent the last 20 hours cooking, I asked, “Who wants wine who wants beer?”   My wife, Mother-in-law, and me went with the beer and the other opted for white wine.  In my humble opinion, we choose wisely.  What did I select for us to drink?  The first beer was a pilot beer from  Brewery Ommegang, Zwaar Blonde.  It was probably about as perfect a beer with our dinner as I could have selected.  It was surprisingly full bodied for a blonde, nice yeasty fruity esters giving the beer a nice sweetness.  A ton of carbonation in this beer really helped cleanse the palette after each bite.  The only thing missing from this beer was a big billowy head, aside  from that this was an awesome and versatile beer.

There was another beer I wanted to try with dinner, a “Hoppy tripel”, Stone’s Vertical Epic 2008.  After 2 years in the bottle, I figured it would be more tripel then hoppy.  I’ve always liked the flavor of a tripel with turkey and this beer didn’t let me down.  I was surprised how much hop flavor was left in this beer. but dinner was quickly coming to an end, which meant one thing, desert!

thanksgiving Wisconsin Belgian Red

AS with all holiday desert, they are insanely sweet, heavy and delicious!  I brought several beers to the table, sweet, tart, and sour.  The New Glarus Wisconson Belgian Red was a hug hit with everyone.  I was shocked, but not surprised, it drinks like liquid cherry pie.  The 2005 3 Fonteinen on the other hand was not a big hit, I loved it’s sharp dry tartness, but it was just way to sour for my family.  The Boon Mariage Parfait on the other hand was a split between the two.  Sour beers make a great pairing with sweet deserts especially chocolate pecan pie!  Yum!

thanksgiving 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

thanksgiving Boon Marige Parfait

I hope your Thanksgiving was a tasty as mine.


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  2. Mike Says:

    I paired up Bell’s Porter with a Candied Bacon Ice Cream that we made with Bell’s Porter and it did really well together. I also drank Bell’s Pale Ales and Two Hearted with a Dogfish Head recipe for 3 Cheese & IPA Dip. It was blue cheese, cream cheese and cheddar and boy was it tasty!!

  3. J. Penola Says:

    Hi MIke! I’m a long time reader/lurker, first time poster. I’ve recently gotten really into blonde beers (Ramstein’s Double Platnium being my favorite) and would love to try the Zwaar Blonde you mentioned. Is it hard to find? When I’m not filling my growlers at Ramstein’s brewery, I usually go to a local liquor store in Boonton. Do you think they’ll have it? If not, where do you suggest purchasing it?

  4. Simply Beer Says:

    Hi Joseph, Greg makes some fine beers. Had the Classic with dinner last night. The Zwaar is a pilot test batch from Ommegang. They only produced 108 bottles, so it is very limited and not available at stores. But I’m sure Kevin over at the liquor outlet can recommend some other belgian beers. Cheers!

  5. Scott-TheBrewClub Says:

    Wow, Peter! That’s quite a job you’ve done with the feast and the pairings. Any ideas what beers you’re going to have for the Christmas edition?

  6. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks Scott! It was fun. next is Christmas eve. T-day was about 12 people, Xmas is going to be about 22 people. Lots of beer should be flowing :-)

  7. Greg Says:

    Like J. Penola, I’m a longtime reader/first time poster. I prepared a whole Thanksgiving dinner too complete with pairings. The dinner was pretty much the basics: turkey with mushroom gravy, sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, candied yams, and pumpkin pie. The entrees were paired with Woodchuck Winter Cider and Barefoot Pinot Noir (to go with the mushrooms) and the pumpkin pie was wonderfully paired with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

  8. Simply Beer Says:

    Sounds Good greg! Love the Brooklyn Choc Stout. They’ve bee n brewing hat beer for about 15 years. One of the first beers they made in the Brooklyn Brew House (not at their contact brewery F.X.Matt. I’m starting to plan out my Christmas Eve feast. Have 2x as many people as I did for Thanksgiving!

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