Friday, November 23, 2007

Hope Everyone Had A Happy Thanksgiving

We were going to post this on Wednesday, so that some of you who were pondering the best beers to go with that Thanksgiving Dinner would have some ideas. But, we thought it would be better to let you make your own decisions. Hope your beer complimented your meal. Ours did.

2005 Panil Barrique - a sour flanders-style belgian ale from Italy. Its medium body was more wine-like than beer; in fact many in the family were amazed that this was beer at all. Unfortunately, this one isn't widely available here in Madison yet; although it seems to have some general availability in other major cities - an informal poll revealed that those in Chicago and Cleveland can find this pretty readily if they put some effort into it. The oak-aging made this much smoother and less brash than the young La Roja. It's slight woodiness brought out the best in the turkey.

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja - another dry amber sour ale with slightly lighter body than the Barrique from the small Michigan brewery. It went very well with both dark and light turkey meat. The sour notes and slight fruitiness accented our herbed stuffing and complimented the baked oysters nicely.

All-in-all, these were both excellent choices. Furthermore's Fatty Boombalatty was a popular beer while watching football. While Tyranena's Alt was another winner.

What did you have with your Thanksgiving dinner?

1 comment:

  1. Ommegang Rare Vos -- Just enough spice in the taste to make it interesting but not over power the food. Slightly sweet, caramel malt body and a light hop bite at the end. At 6.5% ABV it's quite drinkable and went well with the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc.

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