Ah, the holidays. Ready or not, they are upon us. The Christmas songs have been playing in the stores since before Halloween, but the first of the Big Two is nigh: Thanksgiving. That meal-to-end-all meals, the very thought of which makes buttons pop and belts strain. Heaping plates of food: Sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and, of course, the bird. There are as many ways to cook a turkey as there are families to cook it. The traditional oven roast, the deep-fryer outside, and a host of other iterations. But all evoke thoughts of crispy brown skin, juicy and succulent meat (light and dark), and all the trimmings and usually accompanied with one's favorite wine.
But wait a minute! Isn't there another option? What about a good craft beer? I thought you would never ask! Roasted fowl is a perfect match for many craft beers. The smoky, juicy meat of a turkey lends itself to a variety of beers readily available at your local craft beer store. Even better, a variety pack of mix-six can give you a beer for nearly every course! Thanksgiving — at least as we know it — is a uniquely American holiday, so lets put together a selection of American craft beer for the big T-Day dinner, shall we?