by Jeremy Lindy
Last week I was able to join Sam Adams Brewery for their Friendsgiving event and was fortunate enough to get a full tasting of the new seasonal beers. Turns out, the beer pairs well with your typical Thanksgiving recipes, and can even be used a key (secret!) ingredient. Of course, not everybody likes beer, so we’ve included a full range of suggested booze-food pairings. From appetizers to dessert, read below for some of our favorites that you and your friends or family can indulge in.
If you’re eating brussel sprouts: try Sam Adam’s Brussels Sprouts with Boston Lager and Bacon. These sprouts are elevated to a whole new flavor level. You get the robust malt from the Lager juxtaposed with smoky bacon. Who said you had to be healthy on Thanksgiving, anyway?
If you’re eating creamy potatoes: pair it with Meiomi Chardonnay 2014
Why it pairs: Meiomi Chardonnay boasts familiar fall aromas like brown sugar, honey, and butterscotch, making it a great sipper to share with family and friends at the holiday table. Blended from the highest quality grapes from Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties, Meiomi Chardonnay’s creamy mouthfeel, complex palate and enticing layers make it a satisfying white wine to enjoy on its own or pair with traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey or creamy potatoes.
If you’re eating pork or pasta: you’ll want a strong red wine. Look no further than Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel. This wine shares notes of black jammy fruit, with hints of vanilla. A perfect pairing for those who prefer darker meats on Thanksgiving.
If you’re eating turkey: I recommend the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir to go with everyone’s favorite bird. Although not always traditional, this wine has notes of ripe berry, black cherries, and plum, and is rounded out with a hint earthiness and spice. This elegant New Zealand red pairs well with earthy mushroom chestnut stuffing or a fruity spiced apple cranberry sauce
If you’re planning to drink Champagne: celebrate the end of the night with Taiitinger Noctunre, but do it at the end of the meal. While most people like to begin with Champagne, this bottle gives off notes of floral, peach, and apricots with a syrupy yet smooth finish, making it the perfect dessert champagne. If you’re not one for pumpkin or pecan pie, this pairs well with a light Danish or pastry.
If you want your drink to be your dessert: try this Chocolate Negroni at home or out at Dante, NYC. A take on the traditional Negroni, the chocolate gives it a more nighttime feel and will stop you from eating that large piece of chocolate cake. Be warned: with spice coming from the Chili powder, you might find yourself feeling a little hot. If you’d like to make this at home, follow the recipe below.
3/4 oz. Campari
3/4 oz. Cinzano Rosso
1/4 oz. Gin
1/4 oz. White Crème de Cacao
3 Dashes Chocolate Bitters
3 Dashes Chili Powder
Valrhona Chocolate Shavings
Method: Stir and strain on one large cube in an etched rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist and grated Valrhona chocolate.