Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays.  Just think: A long weekend of great food, beers and good times.  In my family, we make Thanksgiving weekend into a four day food orgy.  We all converge to Sun River, just outside Bend, in the High Dessert of Oregon.  We create, share, teach and commune together in the kitchen and at the table.  Each breakfast, lunch and dinner become extravagant combinations of flavors and textures.  Then of course there is the big meal, the feast.

The day after Thanksgiving, we converge on the local breweries and find a smile on all our lips with the fresh nectar off the taps.

Here are a few Thanksgiving related beer recipe suggestions for the big day.  Enjoy.

Ξ Soup Ξ


Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
Parsnips, Rutabaga and Imperial Red Ale

Thai Style Pumpkin Coconut Holiday Ale Soup

Thai Inspired Pumpkin Coconut Holiday Ale Soup
Served with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and a Holiday Ale Foam


Ξ Salad Ξ


Persimmon, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad with Holiday Ale Vinaigrette
Infusing the flavors of Fall into a salad, used the spices from the beer as a focal point in the seasonal side dish


Ξ Entree Ξ

Beer Brined Chicken - Roasted

Beer Brined Free Range Chicken
Brined with Hefeweizen, Lemon, Garlic and Bay Leaves


Grilled Beer Brined Turkey

Rogue Ales John John Juniper Pale Ale Beer Brine

Rogue Ales JohnJohn Juniper Pale Ale Beer Brine for Turkey
Juniper Pale Ale with Oranges, Bay Leaf, Sage, Thyme and Honey


Carved Sierra Nevada Tumbler Beer Brined Turkey

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale Beer Brined Turkey

Brown Ale, Caramelized Onions, Sage, Thyme and Tangerines flavors combine for this Roasted Turkey

Anatomy of a Bird: How to Make a Turducken

Step by Step directions on how to debone and assemble a Turducken

Tipsy Turkey
Using a Holiday Ale in a Beer Brine to enhance the natural flavor of Turkey


Ξ Side Dishes Ξ


Duck Porcini Stuffing
Braised in Belgian Dubbel with Artisanal Bread and Herbs


Hazelnut Brown Ale Caramelized Leek Stuffing
The mixing of hazelnuts, leeks and cubed bread become the perfect all purpose stuffing for any feast!


Roasted Garlic IPA Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Garlic IPA Mashed Potatoes
With touches of garlic balanced out by the bitterness of an IPA, these mash potatoes will stand out on the plate as a knockout addition to the meal

Mashed Yams with Old Ale

Mashed Yams with Old Ale
The sweet and earthy flavors of roasted yams blended with a malty Old Ale add depth to this side dish, updating this recipe to a modern Thanksgiving setting.  These yams may be topped with Westmalle Dubbel Marshmallows to bring the childhood nostalgia back to the dish.


Candied Yam

Candied Garnet Yam in a Spiced Allagash Dubbel
Yams braised in Belgian style Dubbel with Fall spices


Potato Celery Root Purée
Similar to the classic mash potato, yet gives a whole new dimension in flavor


Pumpkin DBA Spätzle

Pumpkin DBA Spätzle
Tossed in a ‘Ceylon’ Cinnamon Infused Browned Butter


Doppelbock Beer Mushroom Gravy

Doppelbock Wild Mushroom Gravy
The combination of homemade stock, earthy wild mushrooms and the malt backbone of a Doppelbock lager work together in harmony. Drink by its self in a shot glass, add any beer brined turkey or a ladle full to your Roasted Garlic IPA Mash Potatoes.


 Cranberry Wit Sauce

Cranberry Wit Sauce
Cranberries, Orange Peel, Coriander and Wit Bier Infused Sauce


Fall Spiced Cream Soda
Think cream soda meets your morning chai, with a touch of Autumn


Ξ Desserts Ξ


Old Foghorn Barleywine Pumpkin Pie

A malt forward English style barleywine infused with pumpkin purée, eggs and spices, then baked in a bourbon infused crust and

topped with a American barleywine maple caramel


Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Pecan Pie

Bourbon barley pie crust filled with a Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout pecan caramel custard and topped with a malted whipping cream


Pumpkin Imperial Stout Tiramisù

Ladyfingers soaked in Imperial Stout, layered with a pumpkin mascarpone mousse and dusted with ground chocolate malt


For more information, techniques, ideas and recipes, check out The Home Brewed Chef Show on the Brewing Network discussing the Thanksgiving Feast in detail.

For more Holiday meal and treat suggestions, ckeck out my Beer Inspired Holiday Menu

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