What beer goes good with Turkey
Since we are only a couple of days away from the T-day holiday, I saw this article and wanted to share.
For me, almost ANY beer will be good with a turkey dinner. I would recommend staying away from the darker beers that are higher in alcohol (like an imperial stout or an imperial IPA, etc). I make this recommendation, not based on the paring of the tastes, but the that that turkey will make you fall asleep by it self – you don’t want to fall asleep with a half of the glass still full, right?
Anyways, Garret Oliver, the headbrewer has a specific recommendation: Beir de Garde.
Here is a description from BeerAdvocate.com
BiÃ¨re de Garde:
The Biere de Garde is golden to deep copper or light brown in color. They are moderate to medium in body. This style of beer is characterized by a toasted malt aroma, slight malt sweetness in flavor, and medium hop bitterness. Noble-type hop aromas and flavors should be low to medium. Fruity esters can be light to medium in intensity. Flavor of alcohol is evident. Earthy, cellar-like, musty aromas and flavors are okay. Diacetyl should not be perceived but chill haze is okay. Often bottle conditioned with some yeast character.
Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 6.0-8.0%
Oro De Calabaza from the Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from the Two Brothers Brewing Company
Avant Garde from The Lost Abbey
Garde Dog from the Flying Dog Brewery
Perdition from the Russian River Brewing Company
If we have caught your interest, please continue and read the story below.
Drink Craft Beer, You’ve Earned It!!!
Biere de garde best pairing with turkey
By Bob Townsend
For the Journal-Constitution
Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver is fond of pointing out that thereâ€™s an easy answer to that inevitable Thanksgiving question: â€œWhat wine goes best with turkey?â€
Of course, itâ€™s beer. And Oliverâ€™s absolute turkey day favorite is an under-appreciated French style known as biere de garde.
A cousin of Belgian saison, itâ€™s a funky farmhouse-style ale, with a full compliment of flavor hooks that match turkey and all the trimmings. There are malty caramel notes, perfect for the roasted flavors in the skin and meat of the turkey, plus herbal notes like those found in stuffing, and enough hop bitterness and brightness to cut through rich gravy and acidic cranberry sauce.
The fact that biere de garde is most often packaged in large format, cork-finished bottles adds to its festive appeal â€”- like champagne, you can keep it cold in an ice bucket, pop the cork at the table and pour it into wine glasses.
While biere de garde can be a bit hard to find, Saint Sylvestre 3 Monts blond is a classic example thatâ€™s often available in metro beverage stores. Jenlain amber is another one to look for, along with the limited edition Jenlain Noel winter seasonal. And there are now two more very good French biere de garde-style ales from Gayant Brewers that are new to the Atlanta market: la Divine and la Goudale.
Oliver, who wrote the definitive beer pairing book, â€œThe Brewmasterâ€™s Table,â€ also likes biere de garde with an â€œeverythingâ€ turkey sandwich piled with leftovers. But he says any well-brewed amber ale thatâ€™s moderately hopped will also do the trick. And for a really different leftover dish, he favors making Mexican turkey with mole sauce, and pairing it with a roasty porter. Here are a few more Thanksgiving pairing ideas from other beer and food experts:
> Beer cookbook author Lucy Saunders (www.beercook.com): â€œI like to offer samples of craft beer to taste with the spread. At our house, we have a large family reunion, so the food assortment includes lots of vegetable dishes for the vegans. So, I think an unfiltered strong golden ale, with a yeasty bite and creamy carbonation, goes well with all kinds of vegetables, as well as being a refreshing contrast to the roasted turkey and gravy. I pour small four-ounce tasting samples so people can sample the flavors without feeling too full, too fast. I also like to offer a taste of barleywine with my motherâ€™s pumpkin-praline pie: I whip up some sweetened heavy cream and add just 2 tablespoons of barleywine and a drop of vanilla extract to flavor the cream.â€
> Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Brewers Association www.beertown.org/seasonal/index.html): â€œSome of my favorite Thanksgiving flavor combinations â€”- organic squash grilled with butter and honey, and dressed with honey and salt served with a brown ale; brined, basted and baked turkey with an amber ale or Oktoberfest lager; apple pie with Belgian tripel or German weizenbock.â€
> Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of â€œHe Said Beer, She Said Wineâ€ (www.dogfish.com): â€œMy favorite from our own portfolio is Pangaea or Palo Santo with the big bad bird and stuffing. My favorite import for the main course would be Saison DuPont. For pumpkin pie dessert, itâ€™s stout or porter.â€
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast.