Kasper weighs in on beer with the bird
Our beer guru Rob Kasper has kindly written a guest post for me while I'm on vacation. I'm not a beer drinker, but I am fascinated by the four pies. FOUR pies for Thanksgiving. I also want to announce -- ta da! -- that the Kasper on Tap beer blog has a new home. Here's the link, and here's Rob. EL
The question I pose to the "sandbox" is what place does beer have at your Thanksgiving celebration?
At my family Thanksgiving gatherings, there are plenty of pre-meal beers. These pilsners and ales are pulled from the fridge or a cooler shortly after the conclusion of the annual basketball game of the "youngins" against the"oldsters." Applying a cold bottle of beer to a sore ankle helps ease pain. Tastes good, too. ...
Searching through a stack of beer books and Web sites, I found several suggestions for beers to enjoy with roast turkey.
World's Best Beers by Ben McFarland recommends Dunkel, Dunkelweizen, Vienna lagers, framboise, Marzen or Best Bitters. I have tried the Clipper City MarzHon and the Victory Prima Pils with turkey and they work. Not so sure about framboise -- raspberry beer -- with the bird.
Meanwhile the Beer Sommelier, a new app for iPhones touted on the GreatBrewers Web site, also suggests Vienna lagers such as Flying Dog Old Scratch, a Belgian-style Dubbel such as Allagash Dubbel, and Dunkels, such as those made by Michelob and Anchor. Will this app for an iPhone replace your local bartender?
At pie time -- and at our house we often have four pies -- I crack open a bottle of stout. Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout, a glorious mixture of coffee and chocolate flavors, goes very well with a slice or two of mince pie.
What is your beer-sipping style at Thanksgiving?
Do you touch the stuff?