Thanksgiving is coming up, and a lot of families with gather for dinner with a fine bottle of wine, or perhaps a bit of eggnog. Maybe you’re going to go home and wonder, “where’s the beer?” You’ve discovered craft beer, but Uncle Joe’s knowledge of beer goes no further than the confines of the Anheuser-Busch factory, and Aunt Maude turns her nose at the mere mention of beer as she sips her glass of merlot. Family gatherings like this are a great opportunity to make believers in beer, break down the stereotypes of craft beer, and introduce people to new aromas and flavors that they never associate with beer.
And let’s get to the real point here: beer is far more friendly to food pairings than wine. With all the different styles - some that lend themselves well to pairings with an endless number of types of cuisine, beer shouldn’t even be optional on the Thanksgiving Dinner table, especially when you consider the wide variety of foods that end up on your plate.
Here are some tips and suggestions for beers to put on your Thanksgiving Dinner table:
It’s official: On Tap at Whole Foods Columbus Circle (10 Columbus Circle, at 59th St., Upper West Side) is now open. The enclosed beer bar is on the north end of the store (from the escalator, it’s off to the right, near the cashier area.
Our first take? Holy crap, we’re in a beer bar in a grocery store! And it’s so well-executed that you kind of lose perspective that you’re in a Whole Foods. The vibe is a bit like a gastropub, with treated wood and shelves full of growlers. The service is a bit like a beer garden, with communal tables and food and beer ordered only at the counter, which doubles as a bar. There’s also portraits of our local brewers on the walls: Shane Welch from Sixpoint, Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn, Kelly Taylor from Kelso of Brooklyn, and Scott Vaccaro from Captain Lawrence
Details on the beer and food, plus a slideshow, after the jump…