Thanksgiving beer.

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  • 11-14-2012
    Slow Danger
    Thanksgiving beer.
    What are y'all drinking on Thanksgiving? I may drink the fractional Lagunitas IPA during the day whilst I'm cooking, but I'm contemplating what I will pair with the meal itself. The Thanksgiving meal has such big flavors--sage, thyme, rosemary--that I don't know if I want such a big beer too.
  • 11-14-2012
    NYrr496
    I'll be enjoying a couple of Blue Point Ales with my turducken.
  • 11-14-2012
    Slow Danger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I'll be enjoying a couple of Blue Point Ales with my turducken.

    Ah, my goal is to have the turducken before I die. Are you making your own, or having one shipped to you?
  • 11-14-2012
    dirt farmer
    How the hell do I know??!! It's still more than a week away!

    My possibilities are endless.
  • 11-14-2012
    NYrr496
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    Ah, my goal is to have the turducken before I die. Are you making your own, or having one shipped to you?

    We buy it from cajungrocer.com. Just buy the turducken... Don't bother with their stuffing. Make your own.
    The turducken is absolutely awesome.
  • 11-14-2012
    Slow Danger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    We buy it from cajungrocer.com. Just buy the turducken... Don't bother with their stuffing. Make your own.
    The turducken is absolutely awesome.

    Oh, thanks. I know about cajun grocer. I've done the research, but I haven't made it happen yet because family has been visiting the last few years, and people get pretty traditional about the Thanksgiving meal. Maybe I'll go crazy and get one for New Year's.

    I lived down South for a few years, and I got introduced to cajun-injected deep fried turkey down there. After having fried turkey, I don't think a bird should be done any other way. But family likes roasted bird.
  • 11-15-2012
    jonz
    My cousin works the bottle line at SouthernTier, so he always brings a couple cases of factory rejects that didn't fill to spec over to my folk's house for Turkey Day :D Probably some Pumking, Old Man Winter, and Iniquity if I were to guess. More than likely, my dad will cook up a Trash Can Turkey, in true redneck fashion. TheTrashCanTurkey.com
  • 11-15-2012
    NYrr496
    That looks AWESOME... How I spent my entire life in New York is beyond my wife... I belong in the south.
    I think a Blackened Voodoo would go perfectly with that trashcan turkey.
  • 11-15-2012
    mnigro
    If I could only get a growler of 4 Peaks Pumpkin Porter...

    Best damn fall beer I've ever had.
  • 11-15-2012
    Guerdonian
    Simple awnser... Lot's

    The major beer I am going to pull out is a 2 year old "Life and Limb" collaboration from dogfish and sierra.
  • 11-15-2012
    JFryauff
    Some sort of pumpkin/pumpkin spiced brew, and home-brewed cider most likely.
  • 11-15-2012
    RRRoubaix
    Probably some Punk, if I'm stuck on a pumpkin jag.
    More likely some big dark Belgians.

    Not sure what we're doing for the Big Meal, as my mom recently had a stroke and is on "soft food".
  • 11-16-2012
    brianW.
    For the meal itself I tend to reach for a Sam Adams Lager. I know there are way better beers but this one brings back memories of large holiday gatherings at my grandmothers.
  • 11-16-2012
    Howeler
    I usually go with big higher gravity ales for T-day.

    I'll start with a Le Greg Lemond, I mean Le Fin du Monde before eating cause it doesn't fill me up too much.

    Generally move on to a Westmalle Dubbel or Chimay during the feast, then switch up to a Lost Abbey Angel's Share with dessert.

    Sometimes end it all with a nice 16 year old single malt from Oban.
  • 11-16-2012
    dirtyjack
    I just picked up Ommegamg Art of Darkness, Mystic Descendant Suffolk Dark Ale, Allagash Belgian Stout. Not sure exactly when they'll be flowing, but they will.
  • 11-16-2012
    Boognish
    I'll probably have a Dogfish Head Punkin, because my father in law keeps them around this time of year and they are excellent with the butternut squash empanadas that we plan to serve as appetizers. We accidentally discovered that pairing at my sons first birthday party in late September and it was pretty amazing. For the main course we will be starting with J sparkling wine and then moving on to Davis Bynum Pinot Noir.

    I fully support brianW's choice of Sam Adams Boston Lager. I still grab one every now and again for similar reasons: it reminds me of a great time in my life and still tastes pretty darn good even though there are many bolder options out there now.

    Sorry to hear about your mom, RRRoubaix, and hope she makes a full recovery.
  • 11-16-2012
    NYrr496
    Sam Adams rocks my house as well.
  • 11-16-2012
    Spatialized
    I have a well stocked cellar to choose from at the moment, I may go for my Stone Imperial Russian Stout or break out the La Finde du Monde. Or there are a couple of IPAs still left from summer that would fit the bill. Mind you, the local selection of craft beer is pretty limited and hence the price is even steeper than normal.

    Maybe I could go full-on local though and chug Bud Light until the turkey walks again...:eek:

    All I know is that I have to deal with my wife's crazy family so I will be drinking. Copiously. Repeatedly.
  • 11-16-2012
    DoinkMobb
    My wife is working this Thanksgiving, so I think I'll just drink beer and eat pizza while watching Rocky 4. I'm thinking Aventinus Eisbock and maybe St Bernardus Christmas Ale.
  • 11-16-2012
    NYrr496
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DoinkMobb View Post
    My wife is working this Thanksgiving, so I think I'll just drink beer and eat pizza while watching Rocky 4. I'm thinking Aventinus Eisbock and maybe St Bernardus Christmas Ale.

    Rocky 4?? Really??
  • 11-16-2012
    black cross
    Morgan Street Brewery (St. Louis) Black Bear, now in cans!!! For Thanksgiving Day.
  • 11-16-2012
    Carl Hungus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Rocky 4?? Really??

    You got a problem with the greatest montage of all time?
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  • 11-16-2012
    henrymiller1
    I'm thinking a DogFish Head 120 or WW stout. REALLY great stuff. This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for the usuals ect.. snore,,, and Sam. San Adams and Sam Calgione (DFH guru). "A votre saunte", "to your health"
  • 11-16-2012
    barrettgremlin
    Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale. I would never drink this except on Turkey Day! That, and some of my homebrewed hard cider.
  • 11-17-2012
    The Kopish
    I'm sure I'll be cracking a bottle of New Glarus Serendipty sometime during the day. A great new beer for the season.
  • 11-17-2012
    DoinkMobb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Rocky 4?? Really??

    Word, for reals.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    You got a problem with the greatest montage of all time?
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1SUzcDUERLo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Hitting the speedbag while a Russian guy milks a cow 10 feet away has been proven to greatly increase your speed and coordination.
  • 11-17-2012
    Biggs88
    Rogue Hazelnut BrownAle. I love the stuff. So do the guests!
  • 11-17-2012
    BigTex91
    I've got some Hangar 24 Gourdgeous (pumpkin porter) and some Bruery Autumn Maple ready to go. My nephew will probably turn up with something unusual and amazing.
  • 11-17-2012
    chrisgardner73
    Gonna bust out a local Colorado Springs favorite....Bristol Brewing Company's Venetucci Pumpkin Ale! :thumbsup:

    Bristol Brewing Company - Colorado Springs, CO
  • 11-17-2012
    SoCalMXrider
    O: lol
  • 11-18-2012
    Brewtality
    I have several different bottles on hand for T-giving. Diner will feature three different birds. One roasted, one smoked and a wild bird my brother shot that will be BBQd.
    Stone Double Bastard Ales for sipping on throughout the day.
    Barrel aged Old Rasputin Anniversary RIS for dinner time.
    Bourbon Barrel Aged 2010 Stone Old Guardian Barleywine, for desert time. It will be paired specifically with a Bleu Cheese-Jalepeno Cheese Cake.

    After desert, I will be serving bourbon barrel aged bourbon. ;)


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  • 11-19-2012
    Mountain Cycle Shawn
    I'm going to have a couple of these:
  • 11-20-2012
    leeboh
    Rodenbach and Sierra Nevada celebration.
  • 11-21-2012
    trevor_b
    My homebrew: IPA and a Dunkelweizen

    Craft: Real Ale brewers cut black quadruple, deschutes obsidian stout, and Stone levitation.
  • 11-21-2012
    black cross
    Homemade wine, Morgan Street (St Louis) Lactovision, Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale
  • 11-21-2012
    random walk
    Sierra Nevada Celebration and Trader Joes 2012 Vintage Ale.
  • 11-21-2012
    GeePhroh
    Reuben's Roasted RyePA from the kegerator all afternoon, then some Cascade Kriek, Tripel Karmeliet and Upright Gose with dinner, followed by Cascade Bourbonic Plague, Deschutes Black Butte XX, and an old bottle of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor (I'm thinking 2008, maybe?) with dessert. Followed by some big traildays this weekend to work it off...
  • 11-21-2012
    Slow Danger
    So after starting this thread, I ended up buying a variety pack of beers the store was blowing out cheap. I got a 6 pack of Dick's Lava Rock porter. I got a bomber of Bear Republic pale ale, Dick's Special Bitter, an IPA from Captured By Porches Brewing, and a stout from Captured by Porches.

    I won't drink it all on Thanksgiving. Mainly because I'm having a couple bombers on Thanksgiving Eve.

    Long live unwelcome relatives!
  • 11-22-2012
    cramp
    Best Pumpkin beer in all the world is Horseheads Brewing Co. Their Pumpkin Ale is in a class of it's own. Perfect balance between pumpkin and spices....can't wait...
  • 11-22-2012
    kimikaw
    ST Stefanus Blonde Ale (Belgian). These bombers were at 9mos or so in aging. Put them in a perfect place still some of the fruitiness just starting to develop the orange marmalade toffee hints perfect, just perfect to bring out the roasty flavors of the turkey, and the orange and rosemary in the brine. Great example of a beer complementing the flavors and being perfectly matched in flavor intensity.

    One of my fav treat beers. Glad I went down that path.
  • 11-22-2012
    kimikaw
    Oh and Capital Brewery's Hop Cream Ale with the cheese plate earlier post ride.
  • 11-22-2012
    Glide the Clyde
    A little Ninkasi Sleigh'r hits the spot.
  • 11-22-2012
    evdog
    Starting off with Kern River Pumpkin Ale....to be followed my many others!
  • 11-22-2012
    gthcarolina
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    I know! Leftover from last Xmas.
  • 11-22-2012
    htdoerge
    i picked up a four pack of the new sierra nevada narwhal, delicious imperial stout that i highly recommend.
  • 11-22-2012
    Spatialized
    Dale'sPale Pale for prep. La Fin du Monde with dinner. Shipwrecked DIPA at the end of the night. Yes, today was a good day. :thumbsup:


    And dinner turned out near perfect. Sucks I have to go to work in the morning.
  • 11-24-2012
    blumena84
    picked up an Autum Maple from the Bruery for Thanksgving Eve, and had Karl Strauss Red Trolley , Sam Adams Winter Sampler Pack, and Kona Brewing Pipeline Porter.
  • 11-24-2012
    Brewtality
    My final total for the day:
    An Arrogant Bastard Ale at breakfast.
    A Double Bastard Ale at 10.
    A couple Jubelales through mid day.
    Another Double Bastard around 2.
    A glass of the Rasputin Barrel Aged with dinner at 3:30.
    A Narwal Stout after dinner.
    A glass of the barrel aged 2010 Old Guardian Barley wine with desert.
    A glass of Woodinville Whiskey later in the evening.

    Surprisingly, zero hangover the next morning. :D



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  • 11-24-2012
    Slow Danger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    My final total for the day:
    An Arrogant Bastard Ale at breakfast.
    A Double Bastard Ale at 10.
    A couple Jubelales through mid day.
    Another Double Bastard around 2.
    A glass of the Rasputin Barrel Aged with dinner at 3:30.
    A Narwal Stout after dinner.
    A glass of the barrel aged 2010 Old Guardian Barley wine with desert.
    A glass of Woodinville Whiskey later in the evening.

    Surprisingly, zero hangover the next morning. :D



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    Whoah. Impressive indeed. I've been called an alcoholic on this forum for drinking half as much. I applaud you. And I'm having my first try of Double Bastard the second I get done typing this.
  • 11-26-2012
    Guerdonian
    I had to stay sober for the day as we hosted thanksgiving this year, and it was my first time ever frying a turkey. So I stuck to tasters, a couple bottles of New Belgium Frambozen and stayed away from the whiskey.

    The tasters I did have though were epic indeed:
    2004 Utopius
    The Bruery Tart of Darkness
    New Belgium Vrienden
    2009 Life and Limb
    2006 Killer Penguin
    2011 Rodenbach Grand Cru


    The best of all was something i had never seen in the states, a friend of mine brought it back from Belgium, a "Mega Blend" Geuze from the big geuze producers in Belgium. It was spectacular.
  • 11-26-2012
    jtmartino
    I had a long weekend of drinking excellent beer. It started with leaving work at lunch on Wednesday (yay for 1/2 days!) and making a routine stop at a local bottle shop. To my surprise, they had put Stone's Enjoy By 12-21-12 IPA on the shelf. So I picked one up.



    Definitely one of the best beers produced by Stone. Tons of fruity, floral hops without overpowering bitterness, and easy to drink at over 9%.

    Hops bill: Calypso, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Motueka, Citra, Cascade, New Zealand Nelson Sauvin, and Australian Galaxy

    Awesome stuff.


    Next up was Thanksgiving Day, celebrated with the following:



    All were very tasty brews. The 75 minute is a great beer with a creamy mouthfeel and really nice subtle maple hint. After drinking Treat and Brewtality, I could really taste Midnight Sun's house yeast flavor coming through.


    Friday we went out after the crowds had died down to grab some food and see a movie (Skyfall.) We hit The Yard House for food where I had a Stone Ruination (not nearly as good as Enjoy By) and a Old Rasputin on nitro:



    The Yard House happy hour didn't disappoint, and neither did 007.

    Saturday we hung with the family some more and went wine tasting on our way to the coast for dinner. We made time to stop by the Bay Area's new hot brewery, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Carl Hungus is a huge fan of this brewery and has been trying to get me to go there, and I finally did! It's located in Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz.

    Sante Adairius recently won the People's Choice award at a local, very popular Barrel Aged Beer Festival at The Bistro in Hayward. And let me be the first to tell you - they totally lived up to the accolades.

    They have a small, well-decorated and furnished tasting area in the front part of their brewery. They were quite busy, so I didn't ask to take a look at the brewhouse, but next time I'll see if I can sneak a peek. I heard they just got a big foeder in house that they were working on swelling, which they will eventually use for their house saison base.

    We sat down to try the only 2 beers they had on tap, a 100% Citra pale ale and their porter. The Citra was light, mildly bitter with a nice citrus finish. The porter was amazing - rich, creamy mouthfeel with a really nice roasted malt and caramel backbone. Not too bitter, which I find to be undesirable in many porters.

    The star of the day was their West Ashley - a brett saison brewed with Apricots. I cannot describe this beer other than to say that it's less sour and more cohesive than Cascade's Apricot sour, and way fruitier and more flavorful than Cantillon's Fou Foune. They didn't label the bottles yet, so it was $15 for a 750ml for in-house consumption, and worth every penny. The pic below shows 2 glasses of the West Ashley and one each of the others.

    I also picked up a bottle of their Belgian Imperial Stout aged in syrah barrels with boysenberries added.



    Sante Adairius is a winner. If they continue crafting beer at the same level, they will quickly become my favorite brewery.

    Lastly, I attended a large bottle share at a local bar called Grape and Grain. Lots of BeerAdvocate guys there sharing good, rare, and hard to obtain beers. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:











    Highlights included: RR Consecration Batch 3, 2009 and 2012 Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, Cantillon Iris, Fou Foune, Mammouche and Saint Lamvinus, Fifty Fifty Annularity, New Holland Night Tripper, Weyerbacher Riserva (Thanks JFryauff!), Midnight Sun Berserker and Kern River Just Outstanding from a growler.

    After this long weekend, I am thankful for good beer.
  • 11-26-2012
    Guerdonian
    ^^^ Solid Sir, well played indeed!
  • 11-26-2012
    TEAMGLP
    Broke out some left over Troegs Nugget Nectars for the day, always a crowd favorite with my family!
  • 11-28-2012
    Brewtality
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    I had a long weekend of drinking excellent beer. It started with leaving work at lunch on Wednesday (yay for 1/2 days!) and making a routine stop at a local bottle shop. To my surprise, they had put Stone's Enjoy By 12-21-12 IPA on the shelf. So I picked one up.

    Definitely one of the best beers produced by Stone. Tons of fruity, floral hops without overpowering bitterness, and easy to drink at over 9%.

    Hops bill: Calypso, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Motueka, Citra, Cascade, New Zealand Nelson Sauvin, and Australian Galaxy

    Awesome stuff.


    Next up was Thanksgiving Day, celebrated with the following:



    All were very tasty brews. The 75 minute is a great beer with a creamy mouthfeel and really nice subtle maple hint. After drinking Treat and Brewtality, I could really taste Midnight Sun's house yeast flavor coming through.

    Hhhmmm, I never knew there was actually a beer called Brewtality. I must try it!!
    I've had several other brews from Midnight Sun and great enjoyed all of them.

    I have a Stone Enjoy By IPA in my fridge. I'm looking forward to trying it out. The friend that gave it to me reported "better than Pliny. Good mouthfeel, a little maltier, a little more sugar to it".:thumbsup:
  • 11-29-2012
    jtmartino
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Hhhmmm, I never knew there was actually a beer called Brewtality. I must try it!!
    I've had several other brews from Midnight Sun and great enjoyed all of them.

    I have a Stone Enjoy By IPA in my fridge. I'm looking forward to trying it out. The friend that gave it to me reported "better than Pliny. Good mouthfeel, a little maltier, a little more sugar to it".:thumbsup:

    Yeah it's a solid beer. They label it as a dark lager with espresso; something like a schwarzbier. Pretty high ABV and lots of espresso flavor.

    The Enjoy By is a great beer - top 2 IPAs (with Ruination 10th) from Stone in my book. Not sure if it's a Pliny killer, but it very well may be. Reminds me a lot of Alpine beers. I've had 2 bottles since it was released and a glass on tap tonight. Great stuff :)
  • 11-29-2012
    Carl Hungus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    I had a long weekend of drinking excellent beer...

    I'll say. Glad you enjoyed your visit to SARA. Next time you're back definitely check out the brewhouse. They have seating back there now, right next to the fouder actually. Oh man, I could on and on about this place and the beers and what great people they are.

    West Ashley, is one of my favorites from them. They had it on draft a few months ago and it was great but it's even better in the bottle. Funny thing is, you could come back in a month and it will taste differently. That's the thing with their beers...you're almost participating in an experiment with them and I mean it in a good way. On the one hand, it makes you marvel at the consistency of a Russian River and their sour program but on the other it's very exciting to be drinking a beer that is so dynamic and ever changing.

    Glad to see everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We were down in L.A. and hit up a few beery places...Hollister Brewery/Goleta, Bruery Provisions/Orange, Tony's Darts Away/Burbank, Golden Road Brewery/Glendale and Lucky Baldwins/Pasadena. Had some good stuff but nothing too epic. Found a couple Anchor Our Special's from 2011 in my in-laws fridge from last Thanksgiving so that was kinda funny.