Thanksgiving Dinner Beer Pairings & Recipes

You’ll be thankful that you discovered this perfect Thanksgiving dinner beer pairing! And shake up the holiday traditional with these beer infused recipes.

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Bust out the track pants and bring on the feast! The biggest eating weekend of the year 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 Thanksgiving beer pairings and beer recipes. These dynamic duos are where taste and texture unite to deliver the ultimate gustatory experience. Get ready to drink up and eat your fill: your Thanksgiving menu is about to get a whole lot more delicious.  


Perfect Beer Pairings


Steam Whistle Pale Ale + Apps

Steam Whistle’s crisp and clean Pale Ale is the perfect beer for an awesome appetizer pairing. Cheeses, crackers, shrimp and sweet and spicy apps bring out the peppy, crisp taste of our premium pale ale. Since our Steam Whistle Pale Ale is light and refreshing, it will prep your palate without weighing down your belly or taste buds.

Steam Whistle Session Lager + The Main Course

For the main event, try a tipple or two of our Session Lager. Smooth, and low on bitterness, this brew is a refreshingly mild mannered companion for turkey, casseroles and salads. 

Steam Whistle Pilsner +  Dessert

We find the blend of bitters and caramelized barley in our premium pilsner creates a hint of sweetness that pairs well with desserts. Whether it’s pie, cookies, cakes, the biscuit-y taste of Steam Whistle Pilsner is the perfect apres-dinner companion. 


Why Choose Steam Whistle Craft Beers?


Thanksgiving dinner is all about simple, home-cooked food made with the best natural ingredients, and so is Steam Whistle. We pride ourselves on crafting beer made with just four, all-natural ingredients that we have no shame about listing on our labels. We favour tradition, which pairs perfectly with the spirit of Thanksgiving, and so should your Thanksgiving beer pairings. This year, stock up the beer fridge for your family with a fantastic pilsner that goes down easy; the Steam Whistle 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 the Thanksgiving dinner foods, like a flavoured beer or a sweeter malt might.


Thanksgiving Recipes


We might be slightly biased, but we can’t help but think that Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving dinner and make your Thanksgiving 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 but 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 disappear before the turkey even makes its way around the table. For dessert, these Beer Battered Apple Fritters put even your mom’s pumpkin pie to shame (and yes, we know those are fighting words). 

Thanksgiving might happen every year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shake up the menu with fresh Thanksgiving beer pairings and food that even Grandma will love. Pop open a pilsner this Thanksgiving for a refreshing, light taste that celebrates tradition, history, and natural ingredients. 

And hey, if family time gets to be too much, just remember: the Steam Whistle brewery is open every day of the year, because beer never asks too many questions, or makes you do dishes.