- Coors Original (not Coors Light!): You always have someone who doesn’t (or won’t) drink craft beers, so having some American Macro Lager on hand is necessary. Coors Original (the "banquet beer" which seems somehow appropriate) is one of the best options out there. Backup: Pabst Blue Ribbon.
- Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale: Big, bold, hoppy IPAs complement the Thanksgiving dinner nicely. Sierra Nevada’s seasonal will definitely brighten up the day. Backup: Stone IPA.
- Dogfish Head Punkin Ale: Because having a pumpkin beer at Thanksgiving is a natural. Malty, sweet, and pumpkin-pie spicy, this beer would be great as both a dessert and a main course beer. Backup: Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale.
- Saison Dupont: Simply a fantastic beer that will pair well with most anything found on the Thanksgiving table. Backup: Ommegang Hennepin.
- Young’s Double Chocolate Stout: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. One of the first beers I think of when I think "dessert beer." Backup: Rogue Chocolate Stout.
And, as a bonus, the digestif, the after-dinner beer: Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog. A barleywine, of course—something to sip and savor and relax with after a big meal. As a backup, let’s go with Horn Dog from Flying Dog.