With more than 6,000 breweries in the U.S., brewers are creating all kinds of different flavors of beer. Pumpkin and spiced beers are already fall seasonal standards, but with Thanksgiving next week, the folks at “Food and Wine” magazine wanted to find out if they could create an entire Thanksgiving feast in beer form. And they did an impressive job!
- Stuffing - Both beer and bread are made from grains, so why not. The Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor, Florida makes a Cornbread Stuffing Gruit that’s a fan favorite and New Jersey’s Cape May Brewing Company created a Cranberry Stuffing beer that’s bright pink.
- Turkey Gravy - A turkey dinner isn’t complete without gravy, and Blackrocks Brewery in Michigan brews one: The Whole Bowl of Gravy, which they describe as “a bready and biscuity amber ale brewed with assorted poultry spices.”
- Mashed Potatoes - These are a Thanksgiving tradition and Redline Brewing Company in Burton, Michigan uses them to brew Mashed Potato Mafia, a stout with mashed potatoes.
- Sweet Potato Casserole - Oakland Park, Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery has been brewing Sweet Potato Casserole beer since 2011 and they say it’s “pretty much a spot on interpretation of a home-cooked sweet potato casserole, complete with marshmallow topping.”
- Cranberry Sauce - You can even get a beer that’s based on this traditional Thanksgiving favorite thanks to Sierra Nevada’s Cranberry Sauce Saison.
- Brussels Sprouts - Believe it or not, there’s a Brussels sprouts beer, too. A small Canadian brewery called StoneHammer Brewing created Wurst Idea Ever Brussels Sprout Sour back in 2012, but as the name tells you, it wasn’t a hit and they haven’t made it since.
- Green Beans - Tornado Brewing Company in Wisconsin created a Green Bean Lager, as strange as it sounds.
- Pumpkin Pie/Pecan Pie - There are lots of pumpkin beers out there, like Pumpkin Pie Lust, a pumpkin weisse from the New Glarus Brewing Company in Wisconsin. And there’s a Pecan Pie Porter from Clown Shoes Beer in Ipswich, Massachusetts, too.
- Turkey - The main course was the hardest to find in beer form. Turns out poultry isn’t a common brewing ingredient. So while they didn’t track down a turkey beer, there is a Fried Fried Chicken Chicken double IPA made with actual Chick-fil-A chicken tenders, a collaboration from Richmond, Virginia's The Veil Brewing and Brooklyn’s Evil Twin Brewing.