For Thanksgiving 2017, BeerBoard (which monitors over 50,000 draft lines and 35,000 products to generate pour data and trend-driven analytics) takes a quick and fun look at styles of beer to enjoy with your meal. Whether you are enjoying a deep-fried turkey, grandma’s homemade stuffing or avoiding a political discussion with your crazy uncle, BeerBoard has a beer for you. Any associated beer data is based on pour volumes generated from BeerBoard clients. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Kicking things off easy
Thanksgiving is a long drinking day, so ease yourself into the day and get your palate going. Start with a light, refreshing style such as a saison/farmhouse ale, which offer fruity notes and effervescence. Pilsner or ever light lagers work here as well. BeerBoard recommends:
- Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
- Victory Brewing Prima Pils
- Half Acre Pony Pilsner
How you prepare your turkey can influence your beer selection. Traditional oven-roasted turkey would call for the nuttiness of a brown ale (isn’t Thanksgiving nutty enough?). If you are planning to deep-fry your turkey, an IPA will stand up too, and bring out the inherent flavors.
For oven-roasted turkey, BeerBoard recommends:
- TommyKnocker Maple Nut Brown Ale
- Cigar City Brewing Maduro
- Smuttynose Old Brown Dog
For deep-fried turkey, BeerBoard recommends:
- Main Beer Co. Lunch
- Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Looking for something to bring out the best of those small mountains of goodness around the rest of your plate? A rye beer would be perfect here — it will not overpower your palate and can interact with a number of different flavors. BeerBoard recommends:
- Terrapin Rye (Pale Ale)
- Founders Red’s Rye IPA
- Schlafly Rye IPA
Love your grandma’s pumpkin pie as much as we do ours? How about sweet potato pie? Maybe it’s Aunt Ginny’s birthday and there is a chocolate cake. An awesome stout covers the bases here. BeerBoard recommends:
- Deschutes Black Butte Porter
- Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald
- Two Roads Espressway
Who or what is BeerBoard again?
BeerBoard monitors over 50,000 draft lines and 35,000 products through its Integrated Beer Management and Guest Display System. Installed at thousands of client locations, BeerBoard’s services include SmartBar, which generates pour data and trend-driven analytics, BeerBoard Display, a consumer-facing digital menu display, BeerBoard Menu, automated print and website menus, and a consumer mobile application. The company services high profile independent groups and major chain clients throughout North America, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooters,,BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Twin Peaks and Applebees.