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Thanksgiving Craft Beer and Food Pairings by Mooselick


Thinking of having some craft brews as part of your Thanksgiving celebration?
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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