I ran this a while back, but I want to see if I can get some more votes and comments. Tell me what you think!
So we’ve covered our breakfast beer, which should conceivably take you through the morning hours until the first football games start.
Drinking heavy beers all morning could leave you full and bloated all afternoon, so you’ll need something much lighter to get you through the football games. Or, as I said yesterday, just sip on the barley wine and don’t overdo it, as is the typical approach to turkey day.
Football choices. For many of you, going light for football means going really light, like PBR or even Coors Light. Personally, I don’t think you have to sink that low. Getting a great, light craft beer is easy these days, you just have to know what you’re looking for.
Let’s kick this off with some local beers first.
If you live in and around Missoula or Western Montana, you’ll find these beers in tap rooms or at your local grocery stores in many cases.
Bayern Brewing’s Pilsner – Often overlooked on the light local beer scene because it comes in bottles instead of cans. But this is a great tasting light beer for football games or anytime, and it won’t cost you any turkey later.
Big Sky’s Trout Slayer – This one comes in a can, and your friends won’t tease you so much about being a beer snob.
Kettlehouse Brewing Co.’s Eddy Out Pale Ale – This one comes in a tallboy can, so you might get teased a little more, but if you’re a guy who likes something a little more robust, but not too heavy, this is your beer.
If you hail from a city with a little wider beer selection, then I might go for these great light beers. And some you might find here in Missoula.
Full Sail Brewing Co.’s Session – You’ve now finally got a choice when it comes to your session beer from Full Sail. You can have it dark or light. Both are a light lager, but the dark version is brewed with dark malts to give it just a slightly fuller body. This has to be the classic session beer, and the stubby bottles make it all the better.
Victory Brewing Co.’s Prima Pils – This fantastic Pilsner-style beer is a classy way to spend Thanksgiving, and enjoyed in moderation, should get your appetite up for plenty of stuffing and double baked potatoes.
St. Bernardus Witbier – If you’re really feeling classy, you can grab a bit of this awesome Belgian session beer. Probably the tastiest beer you can get in the style and with plenty of style, you could handle a few of these beauties, provided you can find them, of course, over the duration of a football game.
Tomorrow, we’ll cover your Thanksgiving Day meal beverage choice, and I’ll give some reasons as to why beer is a better beverage for Thanksgiving than wine is. We’ll cover some food pairings and give you some suggestions for an overall beer to serve or a variety.