Thanksgiving is a fantastic beer-drinking holiday. I know I'm looking forward to having the day off for the first time in years.
It also represents a chance to stretch your beer-pairing skills. This Seattle beer blog has some good suggestions, focusing on Belgian styles. But personally, I want to go another route. It's just too damn cold to mess with saisons.
I'm thinking two dark beers: one big, assertive beer, and another I can drink a few of.
For the big beer, the obvious choice has been aging in my fridge for months: Deschutes Black Butte XXI, a massive 11 percent ABV super-porter that was brewed with coffee and chocolate nibs and aged in whisky barrels. I'm eager to try it.
For the smaller brew, I'm considering a few choices. Durango Dark Lager (5.8 percent ABV, 20 IBUs), Full Sail's Session Black and Deschutes Obsidian Stout (6.4 percent ABV, 50 IBUs) would all work well.
There is a so much selection out there that it's difficult to narrow the choices. Nevertheless, it's a good problem to have.
What do you think? Surely I've overlooked some good turkey-pairing beers.