beer with smoked turkey
I find Belgian tripels and dubbels to be nice. If you want to pair a whole meal here is a link courtesy of Beer Advocate. I wish that I had a bottle of the Russian River Damnation for Thanksgiving. I bet that it would go quite well with the bird.
mmm, i like that smoked porter rec josh - thanks.
we're actually going to have some gewurztraminer with dinner too cuz i think that stuff is damn good with a bird. i had the damnation at a halloween party and i dont think it will work with my palate and food, but i might try a yulesmith i've got for after wine and with dessert.
that beer advocate thing is interesting but i dont think i drink beer the way they do. in general, i avoid beer and food together. the flavors compete more than they accentutate in my experience.
re: mr mouther
You should read Garrett Oliver's "The Brewmaster's Table". It's hands-down the best food/beer pairing book I've read. I used to share your opinion on beer and food matching, but after reading his approach and trying it out, I've become a convert. Lots of great, practical advice in there.
thanks josh - looks interesting - i'll put it on my xmas list for santa!
and i know you're a champion of alpine there in SD, and I can tell you atht i've been converting some folks around LA to alesmith and convinced a couple to take a trip to visit, and plan on stopping by alpine too.
Another beer to consider would be the Schlenkerla Helles Lager. The smoky quality is actually quite subtle. I wouldn't call it a full-blown rauch beer at all, despite the brewer- just a really well made helles with some secondary smoked malt character. Anyway, it might even be a better pairing with the turkey because the roasted malt flavors from the Smoked Porter might overpower the bird.
that sounds like a great rec, and thanks - just not quite enought time to track one down at this point.
Here's what I ended up bringing:
Pinkus organic pils (ithink this stuff is fantastic - real bubblegum scent)
Unibroue 15 (boy that's good when it warms up - another gummy scent)
rogue dead guy ale - i figured the faint malt would do well
stone smoked porter - havent tried yet
trader joe's vienna lager - something to try and after the one i had last night, should be good: light but not weak.
trader joe's 2006 holiday - haven't tried but couldn't resist knowing that unibrou made it
cooper's stout - with big bombers going for 2.40 at bevmo, i couldn't resist - a good medium bodied stout
alemsith ESB and india pale - reliable yummy
couple bottles of wine for good measure
(6-8 folks for dinner)