Thanksgiving Local Beer & Food Pairings

Thanksgiving is a classically stressful one for the people planning the meal. From making sure you have enough chairs, plates, and silverware, down to wondering creating the oven schedule there are a lot of moving parts. One thing you don’t need to worry about this year is figuring out which beers to pair with each part of your meal—we did that for you.

We’ve taken five classic dishes and paired them up with five local beers that are available either by can, growler, or crowler.

A note on my personal approach to pairing: I like to find flavors that complement each other, rather than going with the same-same approach. You might find that some of these might not make sense in your brain. That’s okay! While I do recommend you try things that you wouldn’t typically, you don’t have to! That’s the beauty of beer pairings.

Turkey & Salty Turtle Beer Company Yam On It:
STBC’s Yam On It is a new brew for the Surf City brewery. It features bold flavors of sweet marshmallow, aromatic baking spices, and earthy sweet potatoes. (Yeah, yeah they know sweet potatoes & yams aren’t the same thing.) I think this pairs up real pretty with the traditional savory herbs and spices used in our Thanksgiving bird—the turkey.

Cranberry Sauce & Flying Machine Brewing Company Landbier Lager:

Cranberry sauce tends to lean sweet & tangy, so I thought something soft, but complex would make a nice partner. Meet Landbier Lager from Flying Machine: its delicate, floral nature is an excellent balance to the bright, zippy cranberry sauce.

Mashed Potatoes & Flytrap Brewing Cranberry Saison:

Here we let Belgian phenolics (clove & white pepper) marry up with tangy, earthy cranberries to level out the richness of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Or if someone made them wrong, then lumpy, buttery mashed potatoes. Either way, Flytrap’s Cranberry Saison will pair perfectly.

Green Bean Casserole & Mad Mole/Wilmington Brewing Company Mole Money Mole Problems:

Green Bean casserole is the richest of the rich, so take the edge off with a brand new IPA from two Wilmington breweries. Bitter, fruity hops will surely elevate the creamy mushroom & green beans.

Pumpkin Pie & Front Street Brewery Black River Oatmeal Stout:

Peanut butter & jelly. Mashed potatoes & gravy. Pie & stout. It’s a no-brainer of a pairing. FSB’s velvety Black River Oatmeal Stout finishes with the perfect amount of bitterness to wash down Aunt Karen’s famous pumpkin pie.