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Sunday, November 19, 2006 AD

Beer with Turkey?!? You Bet!

...The caramelized and toasted grain flavors in beer compliment those of roast turkey.
Think of Oktoberfest or brown ale.

Herbal hop additions pair nicely with popular holiday seasonings such as sage.
Think of amber ale or ESB.

The carbonation, fruitiness and balanced bitterness of craft beers stand up to creamy, butter-rich preparations like mashed potatoes, creamed corn and similar fare.
Think of an all-malt pilsner, a dark lager or red ale.

The Pilgrims were ale drinkers and most likely enjoyed beer at the first Thanksgiving. Indeed, a darkish ale has been brewed for feasts at Plymouth Plantation, the "living museum" of Pilgrim life, in Massachusetts.

That’s why more and more savvy Americans tap a great beer as the perfect companion for their holiday meal.

Beer Beats Wine When You Dine
According the Garrett Oliver, author of “The Brewmaster’s Table” the question most often posed to sommeliers is “What wine goes best with turkey dinner?” The answer, he says, is beer! The range of beers available from craft brewers today offer special flavors suitable for a celebration, from pale ales and amber lagers like Oktoberfest to brown ales, Scotch ales and porters as well as fruitier, herbal selections like dubbel, tripel and biere de garde.Be sure to visit the site here for more beer and Thanskgiving ideas.

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