Wine and Thanksgiving are seemingly synonymous – you can visualize it right now as the family shows up for the big meal. Your aunt is carrying a freshly baked pumpkin pie and your uncle has a bottle of wine tucked under his arm. More likely than not, it’s a nice white wine – maybe a Chardonnay or a Riesling. There is nothing wrong with that, but it’s been done… a lot. 

This is where we encourage you to step in and bring the beer. There is definitely a beer that you can match up with each freshly cooked course, and dare we say it? These beers might even pair better than the wine.

It’s hard to mess with tradition. It’s even hard to mess with family tradition – especially if it’s been passed down from generation to generation to generation. I am not suggesting you tell Grandma that she has been doing it wrong for her entire life, but maybe show her there’s another way. Here is our guide to pairing the best Colorado beers with your Thanksgiving Day meal.

Each section includes a couple options readily available at the liquor store, just in case you’re pressed for time.

With the Turkey

There are so many different types of food consumed at the Thanksgiving Day table. No one meal is the same, so it can take some work to find the right beer. To us, the key is finding something that will go with the turkey and work from there. Turkey is not an overpowering flavor, so you want beers that will enhance and not detract from the flavor. Great beer styles to pair with turkey are Marzens, Brown Ales, Ambers, Pilsners and Saisons.

“My favorite beer to have with Thanksgiving is something hoppy but not overpowering — just to cut the Thanksgiving meal so every bite is new,” Zac Rissmiller from Resolute Brewing Company explained. “I really like the Resolute Hoppy Pilsner for this. The high carbonation helps to clean the palate after every sip, and the hops just help the meal shine.”

Our Recommended Beers: Resolute Hoppy Pilsner, Dry Dock Docktoberfest, New Belgium Fat Tire and Great Divide’s Colette…”

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