Beer Pairings for Holidays

Perfect Beer Pairings for the Holidays

We think Steam Whistle beer goes with literally anything, but there are certain pairings that are pure magic to behold.

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December 8, 2021

Bust out the track pants and bring on the feast! The holiday season is upon us, and for those of us with the thrills for the pilsners, there’s no better way to celebrate than with exciting new holiday beer pairings and beer cocktails from the one and only Biergärten restaurant. These dynamic duos are where taste and texture unite to deliver the ultimate gustatory experience. With holiday recipes, jolly pairings, and suggestions on how not to get cabin fever this holiday season, you might actually enjoy the festivities this year.

Get ready to drink up and eat your fill: your menu is about to get a whole lot more delicious.  

Perfect Beer Pairings

We shamelessly think Steam Whistle beer goes with literally anything, but there are certain pairings that are pure magic to behold. If you’re looking for ways to delight your diners and tease their palates, these dynamic duos are where taste and texture unite to deliver the ultimate gustatory experience.

Steam Whistle Session Light Lager +  Appetizers

We find our refreshing and Premium Session Light Lager is the perfect beer for apps: think cheeses, seafood and other light, pre-dinner delights. The lager starts your meal just right with a crisp, light taste that won’t leave you feeling like you had one too many. Try it with our Branzino Fish for a balanced palate and lightweight starter. 

Steam Whistle Pale Ale + Wings

Steam Whistle’s Pale Ale goes amazing with spicy flavours to bring out the hop-forward, crispy taste of the beer. Try it with our wings and a side of our new “Full Steam” house-made hot sauce (Or “Half Steam” for those not keen on spice).

Steam Whistle Pilsner + The Main Course

Our Premium Pilsner is the perfect pairing for the main course of your holiday dinner and is a great palate cleanser. It goes perfectly with meat, root vegetables and poultry thanks to its balanced and crisp bitterness. You’ll especially love the Pilsner with a striploin or pork chops, because the crisp finish cuts right through the fat in the dish.

Holiday Cocktails

Hold my beer: the new Biergärten cocktail menu was designed to elevate the evening. You’ll want to stay a little longer and warm the soul before braving the cold during the winter months thanks to our spin on classic cocktails. 

Book a table at the Steam Whistle Biergärten restaurant to enjoy these wonderful food pairings.

Why Choose Steam Whistle Premium Beer?

A holiday dinner like Thanksgiving or Christmas is all about simple, home-cooked food made with the best natural ingredients, just like Steam Whistle. We pride ourselves on crafting beer made with just four all-natural ingredients that we’re delighted to list on our labels. We favour tradition, which pairs perfectly with the spirit of the holidays. 

This year, play Santa by stocking up the beer fridge for your family with a fantastic pilsner that goes down easy. Steam Whistle Premium Pilsner is refreshing and light, which is much more suited to a day of heavy eating than an ale or stout. Plus, its subtle flavours never overwhelm your palate or clash with dinner foods, like a flavoured beer or a sweeter malt might.

Enjoy A Fireside Dining Experience

Steam Whistle’s Biergärten is trying to bring a new tradition to North America using the Kota Grill outside a hut as a patio BBQ. Still offering the chance to socialize, cook and dine together but staying cozier while outside.

The Kota Grill or ‘grillikota’ originated in Lapland, the arctic north of Finland. Reminiscent of the traditional Tipi or a Yurt, the Kota Grill hut is a rustic, enclosed shelter made of wood with a raised metal fire-pit in the center. Inside, you have the warmth of a wood fire, an adjustable grill for cooking, benches and tables for dining, and a large hood and chimney to vent out the smoke. It’s like having a tiny grill hut retreat in your own backyard.

For a limited time, be a part of a unique outdoor dining experience where you gather around a private wood-fired Kota grill to enjoy the abundant food options and smoky flavours of the fire-kissed menu.

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Steam Whistle Holiday Recipes

Ready to stay in and whip up a holiday feast? We might be slightly biased, but we can’t help but think that holiday recipes can only be improved by adding beer. Aside from the “been there, done that” beer-can chicken, there are tons of options for cooking with beer, and Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect time to do it. Delicious beer, delicious food, what more could you want? 

Some of our favourite tried-and-true recipes are perfect for dinner and make your beer pairings even better. Start the day off right by prepping your turkey with the stuffing to end all stuffings: the Steam Whistle Turkey Stuffing is incredibly rich yet fluffy for a savoury side dish that even the pickiest eater will devour. And while it’s not included in the instructions, help yourself to a bottle of Steam Whistle pilsner during the prep—trust us, it makes the stuffing turn out even better. 

Ditch boring old rolls and opt for Steam Whistle Bread instead. This decadent bread is full of savoury delights like cheddar, onion and basil for pull-apart bread that will get gobbled up before the turkey even makes its way around the table. For dessert, these Beer Battered Apple Fritters put even your mom’s legendary pie to shame (and yes, we know those are fighting words). 


If family time gets to be too much, just remember: the Steam Whistle Biergärten is open and booking for the holiday season or Fireside Dining, because beer never asks too many questions or makes you do dishes.