My Thanksgiving Bomber Menu

My family is hosting Thanksgiving.  My wife appointed me to the task of cooking the bird.  I self-appointed myself to the more important task of selecting the beer.  Although wine certainly deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table, you won't find it at my house!

I know my guests drink beer, but I don't think they are craft beer drinkers.  My goal is to assimilate themBorg style.  So instead of buying a case, I selected a handful of bombers to expose my guests to the diversity of craft beer. Here's what I bought:

  • Mirror Pond Pale AleDeschutes:  A rock solid pale ale. Should appeal to most palates.
  • 1st Try Red,  Not So Pro Brewing Co.:  My 1st homebrew.  I'll slip this in like Sanka and see if anyone notices.
  • NightcapBridgePort:  Bourbon barreled Ebenezer.  I tasted this at the launch party.
  • Black Gold PorterAmbacht:  A Belgian-inspired brew from Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Nameless Christmas BeerNot So Pro Brewing Co.:  My 2nd homebrew.  I brewed this in September intending to release it on Thanksgiving.  We'll see how it goes.
  • Arrogant Bastard AleStone:  Something more aggressive.  We'll see who's worthy....
  • IPACascade Lakes:  Time to crank up the IBUs.
  • Sleigh'rNinkasi:  A holiday dark double-alt.  I've been waiting to sample this one!
  • Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale, Full Sail Brewing:  Round it all out with a 9.0% ABV beer.
What do you think?  I'm planning to serve them in this order.  Does that seem right?  What are you serving as part of your Thanksgiving festivities?

Save travels and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Cheers!

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  1. Let me say that you can bring the beer to my party any day. Happy Thanksgiving and have a safe weekend. I am thankful for such a fun and engaging blog to join in on. Keep up the good work. Beer and turkey are the best combo.

  2. I'm humbled. Thanks Mark. :)

  3. Sanjay,
    Hope you enjoyed the Black Gold Porter. We call it our badly-named beer. It started life as a porter recipe, but morphed into a dark biere de garde. We make it from all organic malts from U.S. sources and it finishes dry: about f.g. = 1.006 and bottle-conditioned with local honey.

  4. Tom, I overestimated the beer drinking appetites of my guests. We only drank my homebrews and the Nightcap. However, I expect to polish off all the others during the holidays. Thanks for the info on your porter. I tasted it a few months ago at the farmer's market and enjoyed the sample.


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