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    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.

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    I'll be enjoying a couple of Blue Point Ales with my turducken.
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    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?

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    How the hell do I know??!! It's still more than a week away!

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    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.
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    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.

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    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 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

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    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.
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    If I could only get a growler of 4 Peaks Pumpkin Porter...

    Best damn fall beer I've ever had.

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    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.
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    Some sort of pumpkin/pumpkin spiced brew, and home-brewed cider most likely.
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    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".

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    Sam Adams rocks my house as well.
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    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...

    All I know is that I have to deal with my wife's crazy family so I will be drinking. Copiously. Repeatedly.

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    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.

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    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??
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    Morgan Street Brewery (St. Louis) Black Bear, now in cans!!! For Thanksgiving Day.

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    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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    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"

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    Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale. I would never drink this except on Turkey Day! That, and some of my homebrewed hard cider.

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    I'm sure I'll be cracking a bottle of New Glarus Serendipty sometime during the day. A great new beer for the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Rocky 4?? Really??
    Word, for reals.

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    Rogue Hazelnut BrownAle. I love the stuff. So do the guests!

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    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.

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    Gonna bust out a local Colorado Springs favorite....Bristol Brewing Company's Venetucci Pumpkin Ale!

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    O: lol

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    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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    I'm going to have a couple of these:

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    Rodenbach and Sierra Nevada celebration.

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    My homebrew: IPA and a Dunkelweizen

    Craft: Real Ale brewers cut black quadruple, deschutes obsidian stout, and Stone levitation.

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    Homemade wine, Morgan Street (St Louis) Lactovision, Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale

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    Sierra Nevada Celebration and Trader Joes 2012 Vintage Ale.

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    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...

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    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!

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    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...

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    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.
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    Oh and Capital Brewery's Hop Cream Ale with the cheese plate earlier post ride.
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    Starting off with Kern River Pumpkin Ale....to be followed my many others!

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    Troegs Mad Elf

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    i picked up a four pack of the new sierra nevada narwhal, delicious imperial stout that i highly recommend.

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    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.


    And dinner turned out near perfect. Sucks I have to go to work in the morning.

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    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.
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    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.



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    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.



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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.

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    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.
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