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Beer for Your Bird: Pairing local brews with Thanksgiving standards

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Pair Guadalupe Brewing Co.’s Texas Honey Ale with light appetizers

The Granary ‘Que and Brew | Rye Saison–Saison with notes of spice, fruit and pepper available at $20 for 64-ounce growler refills at the restaurant

Freetail Brewing Co | Old Blanco Road IPA–American IPA with hints of citrus at $16 for a 64-ounce growler refill at the brewpub

Branchline Brewing Co | Rye IPA–Rye IPA with notes of spice and citrus available for about $6 per 22-ounce bottle at Gabriel’s Super Store and area Spec’s

Dinner is over, you’re stuffed and Uncle Jimmie has already popped the top button on his pants, but don’t get too comfortable. It’s time for dessert. You’ll definitely want a bigger libation to swill with this course, whether it’s with pumpkin pie, pecan pie or Aunt Millie’s marshmallow surprise. Here are more local examples that will pair well with most desserts:

Freetail Brewing Co. | La Muerta–Imperial stout with notes of smoke and chocolate available for about $11 per 12 ounces, available at the brewpub

Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling | La Bestia Aimable–Belgian dark strong ale, with notes of dark fruit and honey for about $9 per 750 mL bottle at most Spec’s, Twin Liquors and Gabriel’s Super Store

5 Stones Brewing Co. | Sleepy Hollow–Pumpkin Ale with notes of roasted malt and spice available for less than $10 per 22-ounce bottle at Central Market, Whole Foods, Gabriel’s Super Store and most Spec’s

Remember, these pairing are not all inclusive. Thanksgiving can be a great opportunity to share larger bottles with family and experiment a little. Keep it simple and select brews that don’t have to many competing flavors.

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