Beer for the Holidays

Sierra Nevada Celebration
Sierra Nevada Celebration

 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are special holidays when we gather with family and friends. We are so busy preparing our homes and food that we don’t always get everything done. Don’t worry about the beer. Grab some of your favorites, relax and enjoy the time off.
I’m sure you all have read numerous lists of the appropriate beer to serve with each meal course. It is often impossible to find these choices in South Dakota. Good beer is available so don’t sweat the details.
Craft lagers are great for the Thanksgiving football games. I would suggest West O Brewing Holy L (hoppy lager) or the August Schell Brewing Company Pilsner.

 

West O Holy L
West O Holy L

 

At mealtime you might want to go to Sierra Nevada Celebration if you like hoppy beer or Boulevard Brewing Tank 7 if you like Farmhouse ales. If you are lucky you might have Wisconsin friends who set you uo with some New Glarus Cran-bic. That would be the perfect choice to accompany the cranberries.

 

Cran-bic from New Glarus
Cran-bic from New Glarus

 

Beef lovers will¬†find that Deschutes Black Butte porter or Crow Peak Pile O’ Dirt porter would go well with the roast or tenderloin.

For dessert I will probably choose to go with real dairy on my pies. Real whipped cream for the pumpkin pie or rich vanilla ice cream on the apple pie can’t be beat.¬†After all the good food and drink a nap is mandatory.
Remember to relax and enjoy your company. These holidays only come around once a year. Don’t sweat the beer choices. Happy holidays!