Our favorite time of the year is around the corner and we couldn't be more thankful. Without beer, we don't know where we would be. Probably sober...but who wants that.
Like us, you'll most likely head to H-E-B to gather up the goods for your feast this holiday season. As you're zooming down the aisles, going through your checklist, you may find yourself almost forgetting the beer. HOW DARE YOU! (gasp)
But what beer should you get? We've put together a helpful guide to help you build your H-E-B 'pick six' pack full of beers that will pair perfectly with your homemade Thanksgiving meal!
Let's start with the cranberry sauce. You are going to need something a little bit sour to compliment it's sweet nature. For the perfect pucker pairing we recommend a Berliner Weisse. Keeping it local, we have narrowed it down to three different options:
Now, you can't have Thanksgiving without the stuffing, right? A Belgian Witbier with it's light body and citrus characteristics will compliment the spices you'll find in your stuffing.
We found two beers from Houston, and a local San Antonio brew to enjoy while you stuff your face:
The last of the side dishes, before the main event, would be the delicious sweet potatoes and casseroles. A Saosin is the most "food-friendly" of all the beer styles. The sage component of the beer is a subtle flavor that allows the aroma and flavors of the food to shine. Here are our top Texas Saosin picks:
And now for the man of the hour, or bird... The TURKEY! Experts have decided that a good ol' fashioned American made IPA is only style that will help cut through the richness of your turkey and San Antonio has pretty awesome choices:
If you don't want to change out your brew throughout the day we have options.. So we found some Brown Ale's with a toasty, roast, and nutty flavors that will fit comfortably with anything on your dinner plate. Here are a few:
Now for the icing on top of the cake...or the whipped cream on top of the pie! It's dessert time! Don't go for the obvious choice like a pecan porter with your pecan pie, let's switch it up with a Scotch Ale. A smooth, caramelized malt with savory and sweet characteristics. We picked only the best TX has to offer: