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Thanksgiving Pairings: Beer & Spirits Edition

November 14, 2018

Thanksgiving Pairings: Beer & Spirits Edition

Beer 1 - Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock

"The Märzen and Oktoberfest styles are functionally identical and are characterized by toasty malt dominance. Moderate in alcohol and low in bitterness, these beers are an ultra-safe but satisfying play for your Thanksgiving table—there's nothing here to throw your food out of balance, great examples can be had for cheap, and your guests will probably be at least somewhat familiar with beers of this style already. Dunkel lagers and drier doppelbocks feature a similarly malt-forward flavor and will function in quite the same way." The Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock is $4/btl.


Beer 2 - High Water Tranquil Eyes Scotch Ale

 "Scotch ales are all about smooth, caramelized malt character. Red grape, toffee, and peat smoke flavors are par for the course here, offering savory and sweet complements to your plate. These beers carry some heft, weighing in with enough ABV (think 6-9%ish) to hang with the richer dishes. They can be great with dessert too, but reserve that for sweeter examples." The High Water Tranquil Eyes Scotch Ale is $7/btl.

Beer 3 - Glazen Toren Jan de Licthe Dubbel Witbier

"“The light body and citrus characteristics of the wit complement the spices you often find in stuffing,” says Jared Rouben, the owner and brewer at Chicago’s Moody Tongue Brewery. Witbier also has the minerality that you’d find in oysters, Rouben says, so it’s a perfect pairing with oyster stuffing. Stock the fridge this Thanksgiving with these Belgian-style wits, which are so light in body, effervescent, and refreshing that they’ll pair with most of the other items at the table." The Glazen Toren Jan de Lichte Dubbel Witbier is $15/btl.

Spirit 1 - PlumpJack Private Selection Copper & Kings Pear Brandy

This is one of the most unique brandies you are going to find. It's like smashing a Bartlett pear on top of an oak barrel! Comprised of aged brandies between 8-20 years old and vatted into a brand new charred American Oak, there is nothing else like this available. Perfect digestif for after a large meal. The Plumpjack Private Selection Copper & Kings Pear Brandy is $77/btl.

Spirit 2 - PlumpJack Private Selection Copper & Kings Brandy

Two years in Woodford double oaked casks followed by two more in Oloroso sherry butt make this a full flavored high octane brandy that makes quite possibly the best Old Fashioned cocktail you will ever have. It's got just the right balance of sweet, spicy and oak. Perfect for the bourbon drinker who is looking to branch out. The Plumpjack Private Selection Copper & Kings Brandy is $75/btl.

Spirit 3 - Rhum Clement Jonone

Ever tried Agricole Rhum? NO? Then try this! Agricole isn't your average run of the mill, commercially produced, molasses based rum. Made from fresh cane juice in the style of French Armagnac and aged delicately in French oak, this is the Rhum for Single Malt Scotch drinkers. Perfect pairing with pecan or pumpkin pie after dinner. The Rhum Clement Jonone is $60/btl.




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