Union Beer's Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairings


What a year we’ve had! I think we can all agree that this Thanksgiving we deserve to eat as much as our heart’s desire. But to make it even better, why not enjoy some really great beers to go along with your feast? If you’re not sure which styles go best with each dish, don’t worry, we’ve broken it down for you. Have a better suggestion? Reach out to us on Instagram or Facebook and let us know your thoughts!


Dish: Light Appetizers, Cheeses and Vegetables

Beer Pairing: Saison

Our SuggestionOmmegang Hennepin

Inspired by the traditional rustic brews of Belgium, Ommegang's iconic American farmhouse saison is charmingly complex yet eminently drinkable. Artfully spiced and gracefully balanced, its champagne-like effervescence delivers a crisp, dry finish, delighting discerning drinkers everywhere. The perfect way to start your Thanksgiving meal off right.


Dish: Oven-Roasted Turkey

Beer Pairing: Brown Ale

Our Suggestion: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

A British classic. Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use); best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops; fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares' to create a relatively dry ale with rich nutty color and palate of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts. The deep malt flavors with a touch of nuttiness make it a tasty match for the main dish, the turkey!


Dish: Honey-Baked Ham

Beer Pairing: Wheat Beer

Our Suggestion: Allagash White

Allagash White features a refreshing balance of citrus and spice. Coriander and Curaçao orange peel round out the flavor of this hazy Belgian-style wheat beer. The wheat malt enhances the flavor of the honey glaze but also works well with the slight smokiness of the ham.


Dish: Mashed Potatoes and Cornbread

Beer Pairing: Winter Warmer

Our Suggestion: Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale

This winter offering is here to quell your shivers and get you through the coldest of nights. A rich marriage of hops and barley to cast light upon the evening and melt your mind out of the snowdrifts. Old Man Winter’s earthy hue and thickness lace around the glass, inviting you to linger in its warmth and share the spirits of the season with your friends and family. A deceptively strong brew, it’s best to sit and ponder with this old man, sip by sip. 


Dish: Dessert

Beer Pairing: Milk Stout

Our Suggestion: Left Hand Milk Stout

Roasted chocolate malt and coffee notes build the foundation for this creamy stout. Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Just enough sweetness to keep the dark roast in check. Rich and robust, our classic Milk Stout exhibits notes of dark chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, caramelized sugar and roasted malt. Pairs beautifully with a variety of pies, chocolate dishes and many other desserts.