Beers for the Thanksgiving Table

on 21/11/11 at 5:35 am

Beer

Craft beers that have the class – and flavor – for Thanksgiving.

Everybody brings wine to dinner. Imagine how surprised your hosts will be when you show up at their front door on Thanksgiving with beer!

Seriously, let’s show people just how classy a bottle of beer can be. Craft beer has graduated to the point where it should be just as acceptable to serve a bottle of fine ale to well-dressed dinner guests as a bottle of wine. You have to be choosy, though. Plopping a six of Heineken next to the bowl of cranberries isn’t going to cut it. You need an appropriately elegant beer that will complement the meal – the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the yams. You need something that a few people can share, so that everyone isn’t just sucking down 12 ounces from their own bottle. You need something like these:

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rogue, the Oregon brewer best known for its Dead Guy Ale, makes this fine beer, which is a brown ale with a twist: It is brewed with hazelnut extract. The result is a clean, dark beer of medium body with unusual nutty notes.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar pours with no head, just an oily sheen atop a rusty brown translucent liquid. If you swish the beer around, you get a light tan head that releases a sweet aroma with hazelnut accents. Malt – several kinds are used in the brew – dominate the taste, along with hazelnut, and a suggestion of cherries.

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar is 6.2 percent alcohol by volume. A 22-ounce bottle costs about $7.

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