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How to Pair Belgian Beer with Thanksgiving

Nov 13, 2017
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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? For the third installment of “How to pair New Belgium with Thanksgiving,” we’ve got Grady Hull, assistant brewmaster, to walk us through all things Belgian, especially how to match Abbey and Trippel with your upcoming feast. Lauren Limbach, Wood Cellar Director and Blender, also joins the fun, helping us pair our Sour Saison with the upcoming meal.

Start the night off Sour: As your guests pour through the door, replace the typical cocktail hour offering of sparkling wine with Sour Saison. "Offer each guest a glass upon arrival and premeal, especially if you have a few hors d'oeurves out," Limbach says.

Kick off the meal with Trippel: “Trippel is kind of an aperitif. It would go toward the beginning of the meal, and probably pair really well with your salad. It’s kind of a warming aperitif, but it’s a big, strong beer that doesn’t overpower the salad,” says Hull.


Save Abbey for last:
Although Abbey’s rich malts and fruitiness elevate turkey and stuffing, “Its chocolate and banana come through really well with dessert,” says Hull. So, save your bottles of Abbey, a Belgian-style dubbel, for slices of pie (pumpkin, pecan, etc.) or cake (cheesecake or pound cake). 

Recipes and Pairings

1. Crispy cajeta cheesecake
2. Trippel cheese
3. Fred's Trippel Polish love coffee cake
4. Abbey chocolate mousse
5. Abbey 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