Merry Thanksgiving everybody!
Thanksgiving is obviously a big food holiday. For me, it is also a beer holiday. As you may or may not know, beer is a far superior drink with which to pair food than any other alcoholic beverage. Over the course of the day, I am likely to try a few.
In addition to various SheppyBrew beers I have on tap, I also have bottled beers that I'm likely to drink today.
SheppyBrew's 2014 X-Mas Ale. I have lots of this. It is my annual holiday ale, and it only makes sense to drink some on Thanksgiving. It is pretty high in alcohol with a caramel malt flavor. Not much hop flavor, but it is fairly balanced for a winter warmer.
Breckenridge Brewery's Christmas Ale. I got this beer to use to compare with the 2014 X-Mas Ale. I don't remember for sure, but I think when I started all-grain batches of the X-Mas Ale, I used Breckenridge's recipe as a base. I am interested to see how close my beer is to this one.
Sierra Nevada's 2012 Bigfoot Barleywine. I got this a couple years ago as part of my Zymurgy list. At the time, I decided to put a couple aside to see how well they age. Now seems like a good time to taste one again. I might also compare it to my barley wine, Schnockered.
New Belgium's 2014 La Folie. Saving this for a special occasion, and what is more special than Thanksgiving? This sour brown ale is a Colorado classic. Complex and tasty, a wonderful beer to pair with a Thanksgiving meal.
Russian River's Consecration. This is another sour beer I've been waiting to try. It is also on this year's Zymurgy list. Today seems like a good day to finally give this one a try. Obviously, you should come back when I blog about it.
And that is my Thanksgiving beer lineup. I probably won't have every one of these today. I don't want to get myself so Schnockered that I don't enjoy them. If you keep an eye on the SheppyBrew Facebook Page, you'll be able to follow along.
Go Bears! (Please don't embarrass me today)