Hors d’oeuvre Hour
Kick things up a notch with a moderate level of hops. The hoppy characters in Pale Ales will pair nicely with salads, a slew of cheese varieties, fruits, and many hors d’oeuvres, without overwhelming any flavors. But don’t go too bitter.
* Anchor Liberty Ale
* Harpoon IPA
* Smuttynose’s Shoal’s Pale Ale
* Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Eating poultry, gravy, stuffing, etc? You could kick the day up a notch by pairing your meal with some strong Belgian-style ales. Their higher alcohol percentages cut through fats and starches, provide an edge of sweetness, and boast very diverse and complex flavors that lend themselves very well to this pairing.
* Allagash Grand Cru
* Avery’s Salvation
* North Coast’s Pranqster
* Ommegang’s Rare Vos
Yes, I know I’m too little, too late for the big day, but maybe this could apply to leftovers this weekend.