I wrote last year at this time about how the Mayflower abandoned its voyage and landed in Plymouth due to running out of…beer.
And did you know that one of the first establishments constructed within the Pilgrim colony was a brewery. So, what do you think they drank at that first Thanksgiving?
They drank beer!
(Yes, I know that the above is more myth than fact, but it makes for a great beer story).
Fortunately, there is no shortage of beer these days on our journey, especially quality craft-brewed beer. Now, I’m no expert on the pairing of beer with foods, so I did what any self-respecting blogger would do – I stole the following information from various sources:
Here are some brief suggestions ...
Apéritif (before dinner)
Don’t kill the palate too early in the day; start off with a nice light-bodied Pilsner or Lager. You know, something that will arouse appetites and slowly awaken the senses.
Hors d'oeuvre Hour
Kick things up a notch with a moderate level of hops. Pale Ales will pair nicely with salads, a slew of cheese varieties, fruits, and many hors d'oeuvres, without overwhelming any flavors. But don't go too bitter.
A strong Belgian-style ale goes great with the main spread. Their higher alcohol percentages cut through fats and starches, provide an edge of sweetness, and boast very diverse and complex flavors that lend themselves very well to this pairing.
Another recommendation is to reintroduce more Pilsners and Lagers, as they will not only act as a palate cleanser in-between bites. (I know what you’re thinking, he’s suggesting pairing certain beers with other beers. Why not!?).
Rich and big Stouts work very well.
Digestif (after dinner)
Time to loosen the belt a notch or two and take a nap.
Before long it will be “before dinner” time again. what a wonderful cycle.
Just remember to be experimental and have fun doing it!
To paraphrase a popular quote:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – BEER in one hand – Turkey leg, yams (marshmallows on top, if you must), cranberry sauce (that cylinder kind from a can), Pot Stickers, Pumpkin (or pecan if you're feeling a little nutty) pie, in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, WHOO HOO, what a ride!"
May you each have a “WHOO HOO” Thanksgiving
Sir Bowie "pass me another bottle, I mean salad" of Greenbriar