Last week, Ted Sullivan and I were asked to name our favorite Thanksgiving beers as well provide as a one sentence description of each. This wasnt as clear cut as asking for something like our favorite Christmas beers, because there isnt a separate seasonal category for Thanksgiving like there is for other seasons and holidays. This turned into a slight head scratcher for me when all I could think about was how well Southern Pumking goes with my mothers homemade pumpkin pie. Our family always saves a few bottles of Pumking for dessert on turkey day. There is only one problem with this: The Thanksgiving beer list was to be beers that are available right now, and Pumpking all but vanishes from our shelves in the weeks before Halloween.
It immediately became apparent that Ted had done this before, as he instantaneously emailed us the following list that he was ashamed to say he recited from memory, as he lamented that it might be possible that he drinks a little too much beer.
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Avery Ellie’s Brown
Ommegang Three Philosophers Ale
Founders Red’s Rye
North Coast Pranqster
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Goose Island Sofie
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
When asked to narrow his list to a top three and give a one sentence description of each, Ted provided the following:
Saison Dupont Goes with everything on the holiday table, a strong foil for turkey and all the trimmings…best food beer in the world.
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter Did someone mention dessert? Pair this with a cheesecake and watch the sparks fly!