Super confused about what brews go best with your Thanksgiving meal? Never fear, Serious Eats has provided some excellent pairing advice that’s simple and straightforward. Whether you favor Belgian-style dubbels with mashed potatoes or English-style barleywine with pecan pie, this guide has you covered.
Thanksgiving: it’s a time for family and friends to get together and eat way too damn much—not a time for overwrought beer pairings with elaborate, coordinated presentations. After all, there’s no one beverage that’s going to perfectly match every item on your plate and you won’t want a separate glass for your turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. With all that stemware in front of you, you wouldn’t be able to see your loved ones. But the beer you choose to serve is still important—as with any good celebration, you’ve gotta have good hooch.
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