Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means heaps of food washed down by pints of beer. Sure, you could just serve any old beer that’s in your fridge, but that really wouldn’t give your guests something to give thanks for, would it? Over the next week, we’re gathering some of the great minds at the brewery to point out the perfect New Belgium beer and Thanksgiving spread pairings. So, get out your notebook: Today Lauren Limbach, wood cellar and specialty brand manager, returns to tell us how Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and Fat Tire Belgian White are pretty much the best pairing beers ever (especially with Thanksgiving leftovers).
Let's start with Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale:
Good idea: “It’s the greatest pairing beer in the world. It’s medium everything: Medium body with a nice approachable aroma. There’s a nice balance of bitter and caramel with a little fruit. For the easiest pairing, work with the [sweet] caramelization. You can go sweet potatoes or even gravy. Fat Tire gets all that stuff down your gullet,” says Limbach.
Bad idea: There really isn’t one!
Now, for Fat Tire Belgian White:
Good idea: Simple pairings include turkey and stuffing: "The milder tender and juicy breast meat along with herbal toasty stuffing will dovetail perfectly with our Belgian White-- but it's the citrus addition from the wit that will bring the two parts to a whole new level."
GREAT idea: "If you dare to swing for a homerun-- herbed oyster stuffing. Your relatives will praise you for years to come and potentially forgive you for that thing that happened two Christmases ago."
Perfect Thanksgiving pairing: “Fat Tire and Fat Tire White are perfect for leftover day. A turkey sandwich with cranberry relish on honey wheat tastes great with Fat Tire Belgian Ale and for Fat Tire Belgian White, a turkey sandwich with stuffing on good 'ol white bread or sourdough. It’s all about day two, sitting watching sports—that’s where they shine. It’s in a can, in the fridge, and everyone’s making leftovers on their own.”
Recipes and Pairings
1. Colorouge beer cheese soup
2. Flank steak with Fat Tire hot pepper oil marinade
3. Fontina-stuffed banana peppers with smoked chicken
4. Cheese pairings
More about pairing New Belgium beers with Thanksgiving:
How to pair Accumulation with Thanksgiving
How to pair Fat Tire Belgian Ale and Fat Tire White with Thanksgiving
How to pair Sour Beer with Thanksgiving
How to pair Voodoo Ranger with Thanksgiving