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Thanksgiving Craft Beer and Food Pairings by Mooselick

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Thinking of having some craft brews as part of your Thanksgiving celebration?
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For those of us that enjoy craft beers, working them into a Thanksgiving celebration ranges from exciting to daunting.
  • Which beer should I/we drink as we snack before dinner?
  • Which beers in what order are best during dinner or should I only provide one option?
Here are a few suggestions from the Mooselick team.

 

Mating Saison: Farmhouse Saison
mating-saison-mooselickThis farmhouse Saison is seriously dry hopped with centennial hops to balance out the traditionally spicy finish that accompanies Saisons.
Pairs well with:
  • Finger foods/Appetizers
    • Seafood (Clams, shrimp, lobster, crab)
    • Strong Cheeses (blue cheese, Gorgonzola, smoked Gouda)
  • Main Course
    • Lettuce based salads
    • Dairy based side dishes – Creamed vegetables, cheese stuffed pasta, cheesy mashed potatoes
    • Poultry – Quail, Duck, Chicken, Turkey, Pheasant
  • Desserts
    • Fall desserts (pumpkin pie, apple pie)
Red Oktober – Red Ale
An English style red ale with an American twist. This beer has a little bite to it, yet takes a back seat when paired with any Thanksgiving course.
Pairs well with:
  • red-oktoberFinger foods/Appetizers
    • Nuts (roast, salted nuts and seeds)
    • Mild to sweet cheese (Havarti, Monterey Jack, mild Cheddar)
    • Dips – Cream Cheese or Ricotta based
  • Main Course:
    • Poultry – Chicken and Turkey
    • Sweeter side dishes – cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes
  • Desserts
    • Fall desserts (pumpkin pie, apple pie)
Java Moose – Coffee Stout
A rich smooth Java stout made with locally roasted coffee beans makes this the go-to beer to serve with dessert. The caffeine in this stout will help offset the drowsy feeling from overeating as well!
java-moosePairs well with:
  •  Dessert
    • Pumpkin or sweet potato pies
    • Chocolate cake or ice cream
    • Java Moose ice cream float (vanilla ice cream)
    • Really everything!
Velvety Antlers – Brown Ale
There is a bit of darker malt accompanied by just a few peaches to give to this easy drinking beer nutty taste and a fruity nose.
Pairs well with:
  • Finger foods/Appetizers
    • 20150925_160808Bean dips
    • Hard and/or rich cheese – Brie, Gouda
  • Main Course:
    • Red meat – Steak and lamb
    • Root vegetables – potatoes, turnips, beets, carrots
  • Dessert:
    • Fruit Pies – apple, pear, rhubarb
    • Carrot cake
Overwhelmed by the pairing options, looking for a beer that can pair with all of your Thanksgiving day foods? Look no further.
atmoosphereMoose on the Roof (IPA) & Atmoosphere (DIPA) – Ideal all Thanksgiving day drinking beer for IPA/craft brew lovers.
  • Moose on the Roof is a single IPA that is not overdone with hops and will play nicely with all of your foods and courses from cheese and dips to turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie!
  • Atmoosphere is dry hopped to mars and back, which results in strong citrus undertones and a piney mouth but does not have an overwhelming bitter hop finish. Drinking this throughout the day would be treat for any craft beer lover.
Blue Moose (Golden Ale) & Red Hoof Hef (Strawberry Hefeweizen) – Great all Thanksgiving day beer for non-IPA lovers
  • blue-mooseBlue Moose is a golden ale with farm fresh blue berries and black currants included in the brew. The perfect beer to sip throughout the day.
  • Red Hoof Hef has a strawberry finish that plays nicely with cheeses, salads, poultry and desserts.
We have extended holiday hours for you to swing by and pick up for 4 and 6 packs for your Thanksgiving day celebrations.
  • Tuesday 12pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 12pm-8pm
  • Black Friday – 12pm-8pm
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We're a nano brewery that creates small-batch fruit and traditional beers with fruit and some hops from our farm. Our brewery in Troy, NH opened July 25th 2015!