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Best Beers to Serve for Thanksgiving Dinner

What beers go best with turkey? Woodbury's Nutmeg Wine & Spirit Shoppe has the answers!

Have a question about beer? Paul Johnson of Woodbury's Nutmeg Wine & Spirit Shoppe can help! Credit: Jaimie Cura
Have a question about beer? Paul Johnson of Woodbury's Nutmeg Wine & Spirit Shoppe can help! Credit: Jaimie Cura
Paul Johnson at Nutmeg Wine & Spirit Shoppe, 670 Main St. South, Woodbury, is the resident beer expert. He shared his picks for the best beers to serve on Thanksgiving.

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Two Roads Brewing Company is based in Stratford. Johnson said its Road 2 Ruin is a double IPA and the most potent of its brews.

"The IPA lovers will love it," he said.

A double IPA generally means the beer is brewed with double the hops. Johnson said that makes it more potent and bitter.

Two Roads Brewing Company describes Road 2 Ruin as:

"A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite! Our assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backdrop and is brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, not-for-the-timid!"

A lighter option isn't local to Connecticut but is a New England brew. Allagash Brewing Co., out of Maine, offers up brews with a lower ABV so they make for lighter, easier drinking, Johnson said.


Hearty IPAs

"Anything by Founders Brewing is fantastic," Johnson said. He described the brews as heavy and potent.

"The Breakfast Stout would go well with both the meal and dessert," he said.

It certainly is potent, with an alcohol-by-volume (ABV) of 8.3 percent. The Founders website describes Breakfast Stout as the coffee lover's beer:

"Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever."


Harvest Ale

Founders' Harvest Ale is limited to October only but keep it in mind for next year or see if there's any stock left.

"It's mild, yet strong enough to get you into Thanksgiving mode," Johnson said. "It's light enough to serve with the meal."


Pumpkin Beer

This one's for the spirit of the season, Johnson said. He recommends Shipyard Brewing Co.'s Pumpkinhead.


What brews are you serving this Thanksgiving? 

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