Stuffing and Beer

By Tom Thiel
Contributing Writer

One of my fuzziest Thanksgiving memories happens to include an unattended box of White Zinfandel. If history teaches me anything, it is that we can do much better. Like the majority of my customers, I too enjoy wine with my turkey and stuffing. This year, why not give beer a try?

Starters: Keep it light. A heavy beer before a heavy meal is counterproductive.
-Victory Prima Pils
-Duval Golden Ale

Hors d’oeuvre’s: Add some flavor, but don’t overwhelm your taste buds.
-Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
-Lagunitas Pale
-Two Brothers Bitter End Pale

Dinner: Depending on your palate, there are many different options to pair with your turkey and stuffing. I will try to keep it simple by suggesting you go one of two ways:
1. Heavy: Cuts through the fat and starches.
-Ommegang Rare VOS
-Delirium Tremens
-Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale

2. Light: Cleanses the palate.
-Great Lakes Dotmunder Gold
-Session Lager
-Summit Pilsner (made with North Dakota grown barley)

Dessert: Make sure your beer is sweeter than your dessert.
-Brau Bros. Moo Joos
-Left Hand Milk Stout
-North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
-Mikkeller Black Hole (red wine barrel aged) Stout

Finishers: Even if you make it this far, you’re likely too full to do much more than sip.
-Mikkeller Black Hole (peat scotch barrel aged) Stout
-Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine
-Avery Hog Heaven Barley Wine

After surviving this culinary gauntlet, a nap is strongly suggested.

Whether it’s beer or wine that tickles your fancy, Thanksgiving is all about trying a bit of everything… or a lot of everything. So, crack a beer, sit back, and be very, VERY thankful.

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[Editor’s Note: Tom Thiel is the General Manager at Bridgeview Liquor in Moorhead, MN. For more of his beer and wine expertise, feel free to contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  ]

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