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Thanksgiving Beer

Michael Donato, November 24, 2014 -   

Thanksgiving might be a tricky time to pair a beer with; there is just so much varied, rich, and diverse foods. I trend towards drinking rich malty browns and ciders, but your mileage may vary. These are the top 11 beers from last Thanksgiving and there are a couple of interesting notes.

Brewery

Beer

Rating

BAR

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Celebration Ale (2013)

3.52

5.49

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

2.99

5.13

Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)

Bud Light

2.28

0.64

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

2.65

2.14

Yuengling Brewery

Traditional Lager

3.27

5.44

Founders Brewing Company

Breakfast Stout

4.16

9.48

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams White Christmas

3.00

1.22

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

2.98

1.61

Coors Brewing Company

Coors Light

2.41

1.16

New Belgium Brewing Company

Accumulation Winter White IPA

3.28

1.42

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Juniper IPA

2.82

-4.14

 

Celebration is #1, on a holiday. That just seems right. I had some reservations about this year’s version when I first had a bottle, but the second one was just delicious, so I’m blaming that on drinker error. It’s a great beer. 

 

Lots of Sam Adams, which is absoluting not surprising. What is surprising is that Boston Lager is not on there. Most, if not all, of those beers come in variety packs which I always say is one of the best things to bring to a gathering of people that possibly doesn’t drink a lot of fancier beer. Still, Boston Lager is usually in those packs too.

 

The Juniper IPA, at 11, is the worst beer on the list by BAR. Never had it, and now I probably won’t try it. 

 

The three American light macro lagers that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing pop up on this list as well, of course. That other things are wedging their way into the top 5 for beers to bring to gatherings or drink on social occasions is a great sign though.

 

I'm planning to buy some McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve Cider (6.54 BAR, 3rd by rating of ciders over the last year) and brown or amber ale yet to be determined. Thinking about Bell's Best Brown (3.14) or Great Lakes Eliot Ness (4.14). What about you?

 

Michael can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he's wondering if he has enough beer for almost 20 people at Thanksgiving.

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