Why is it that wine is always served at dinner? I think it's beer's turn. Every Thankgsiving, I bring some fermented liquid goodness in the form of a few local craft brews home to my family to share on turkey day. Think about it - isn't it more fun to have a relaxed, chill time with your somewhat nutty family than to worry about spilling wine on your mom's brand new sofa?

Here's some quick tips about how to bring beer to thanksgiving.


  • Pick something that goes well with turkey. Saisons, farmhouse ales are perfect because they're slightly spicy, not too flavorful and just pick up all the flavors.
  • Pick something weird, funky, or fun to talk about. There's always that awkward time in between when you arrive and when the main event happens, so give yourself something to talk about. Don't forget to pass out a sample or two to the chef!
  • Pick something that goes with dessert. Pie is pretty much the best thing ever. With apple and pumpkin pie, I like to pick malty ales - like an ESB, Red Ale or maybe a winter seasonal.
  • Bring a wine alternative - try mead or cider! Beer is not everyone's thing, but a lot of wine drinkers would love a mead or even a festive cider.


  • Bring the hoppiest, highest ABV, most rare thing imaginable. You've got to think about the rest of the people drinking the beer, not just you!
  • Be a snob. Educate and include people, don't be elitist about it. It's about sharing, remember? Throw in a six-pack of your dad's favorite lager and you'll be the favorite kid.
  • Forget to bring beer. I forgot that a state I was traveling to doesn't sell alcohol on holidays and once had to suffer through a completely dry thanksgiving. Never. Again.

if drinking beer on turkey day isn't enough, you can also cook your turkey with it. Or put it in a beery apple pie.

Have a great turkey day, CYY!

Cheers, The Beer Babe.


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