Everyone’s favorite meal of the year is upon us. And if you’re like most Aleheads, you’ll be gorging yourself on both food AND beer. But why just grab any random bottle of suds from the fridge when the Aleheads are here to provide the perfect beer/food pairings for Thanksgiving.

So loosen up your belt, grab a mixed sixpack of the following brews, and get ready to tell your goddamn relatives what you really think of them:*

*That they’re lovely, thoughtful people and you’re very thankful to be with them on this cherished, family holiday.


Turkey & Gravy: The centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, roast turkey and savory gravy is a formidable opponent for any beer to stand up to. So grab yourself an Oskar Blues G’Knight. The sticky-sweet Imperial Red Ale is countered by a massive hop aroma and profile which will cut through the gravy like a butter-knife. Plus, the G’Knight isn’t just a clever name…a couple cans of this big beer will send you off to sleepytown faster than an injection of pure tryptophan.

Stuffing: Despite turkey’s dominance of the Thanksgiving table, everyone knows that stuffing is the true hero of the holiday. Rather than find a counterpoint for the King of the Mushy Bread Casseroles, let’s just grab a beer that accentuates the bready goodness of stuffing. The Ayinger Celebrator is a nigh-perfect doppelbock that tastes like liquid bread married with a dash of booze. Goes well with leftovers too.

Mashed Potatoes: If your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes are anything like the ones Mama McHops makes, they’re roughly 50% potato and 50% butter. So I’m choosing the Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale…one of the butteriest, tastiest session brews on Earth. Mashed potatoes are the workhorse of the Turkey Day table and the Sam Smith’s Nut Brown has been a low-key mainstay of Aleheads for centuries.

Cranberry Sauce: Yeah…I’m not going to lie to you…I typically avoid cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving. I know it provides a perfect, tart counterpoint to the starch and salt of the rest of the fare, but it never really does anything for me. Nevertheless, you can’t have Thanksgiving without it, so why not match up the c-sauce with a mouth-puckeringly tart Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus. Bold, brash, and eminently drinkable, this lambic will bring out the best in your cranberry sauce whether canned or fresh (Note: Always go fresh).

Sweet Potatoes: Whether you prefer sweet potatoes or yams, they’ll both pair perfectly with the Bruery’s Autumn Maple. It’s sweet, rich, and stuffed chock-full of yams during the brewing process. It’s the perfect Fall seasonal and you might find yourself forgoing sweet potatoes entirely and just pounding a bomber of the Autumn Maple instead. Can’t blame you.

Pumpkin Pie: Faithful readers know that the Aleheads are somewhat skeptical of pumpkin beers…but we all agree that the Southern Tier Pumking is outlandishly tasty. Finish off your Thanksgiving meal with a snifter of the Pumking and a slice of warm Pumpkin Pie topped with Cool Whip. Granted, by this point you’ll probably be both A) Painfully full and B) Hammered, but isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

All of the Aleheads wish a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  1. You’re right, LovesMustard…I forgot about our Neighbors to the North. Thanksgiving dinner absolutely pales in comparison to the traditional Boxing Day feast of back bacon and deep-fried hockey pucks.

  2. I find it interesting that when I Google “What do Canadians eat…” the sentence autofills with “On Thanksgiving”. You could look at this two ways.

    A) Americans are dumber than ever before
    B) Americans are genuinely concerned for our Neighbors to the North, since we’ll be consuming the world’s supply of gravy on Thursday

  3. OK, has anyone tried this Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale? I’ve been strong and walked past the displays all week, but I’m scared I’m going to break down and buy some unless someone talks me out of it. I mean, it’s a Thanksgiving-specific beer! Damn few of those out there.

  4. Slouch, I’ve had in and it’s pretty boring. They’re not kidding when they tell you that they add just enough cranberries to make a splash. You really can’t taste much, which probably isn’t a bad thing. I’d say they add just enough so they could put “Cranberry” on the label to rope in all the locals. They donate money to local foodbanks for every sixer purchased though so at least there’s a good cause.

    It’s not bad by any stretch, but make sure you consume it all on Thursday. You’ll be regretting your decision if any are left on Friday.

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