Show Beer a Little Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Turkey and BeerThanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us will be joining friends and family for festive dining and cheerful imbibing.  Although I suspect that wine is the most traditionally served drink on this festive occasion;  this year I’d like to  encourage you to include Craft Beer in your holiday menu.  While beer may not be a common part of your family tradition, even the Pilgrims were Ale drinkers and it is widely believed that beer had a place on the table at the first Thanksgiving.

The notion would make sense since beers  accentuate the typical Thanksgiving feast even better than most wines. Caramelized and toasted grain flavors in many beers complement the flavors of roast turkey. Furthermore, the carbonation, fruitiness and balanced bitterness of many craft beers allow them to stand up to creamy, butter-rich preparations like mashed potatoes and creamed corn.   According to Brewers Association Spokesperson Julia Herz, “Many styles of beer both complement and contrast the food they are paired with, whereas wine mostly contrasts. The holiday dinner table is a very appropriate place for beer made from America’s small, independent and traditional brewers.”

A lot of terrific seasonal ales hit the shelves this time of year so be sure to spend some time in the Craft Beer isle of your favorite grocer before making your way to meet your host.  If you’re hosting this season, click here to get some ideas on how to pair and serve like a pro.  Still not conviced? Below is a brief interview with Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and Author of the Brewmasters’ Table, that I recorded in 2006 at the Craft Brewers Conference in Seattle.     

Cool Error Message

I just wanted to share this error message I received on my machine today.  I don’t even recall what threw the error, but I love the way it’s worded.  I wasn’t trying to destroy anything at the time…



The CrapMonkey Podcast Episode #124

owed In

Fun times with beer are just around the corner.  This weekend you’ll want to check out the Pyramid Snowed In Party at the Seattle Brewery.  The Presidents are the Friday night headliner and the Dandy Warhols are Saturday’s attraction (besides the SnowCap of course).  Click here for more details.  On November 30th and December 1st, don’t miss the Winter Beer Festival at Hales Brewery.Omaha in Ropes

In this podcast I have a couple of audio clips from the Podcast and New Media Expo.  At the Wizzard Media party, I ran into Omaha Sternberg of MacRadio getting tied up by GrayDancer, producer of the Ropecast (who was there on behalf of  Photos are on Flickr.

The song of the day is There She Goes by Brother Love and the website of the day is the Association of Downloadable Media.  The show closes on Two Years Down by Stonehoney