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Thanksgiving Food and Beer Pairing Ideas

heritageFor many, wine is the go-to beverage for the Thanksgiving meal. But craft-beer drinkers are discovering the variety of ales and lagers available offers a plethora of pairing possibilities. And here at Standing Stone Brewing Company, we’ve got you covered with some great ideas to bring to the table.

blue cheeseAppetizers: Try our Victory Lager to get the appetites going paired with cheeses or vegetable trays. Its lighter, toasty, flavor with a low-hop bitterness complements lighter fare, but can also stand-up to spicy dips and hummus. Or try our “I Heart Oregon Ale” with sharper or stronger cheeses like Rogue Creamery’s variety of cheddar and blues.

Bird is the word: for the main attraction, our Amber Ale is the perfect complement to turkey. Its malty, yet slightly hoppy notes bring out turkey’s caramelized herbal flavors and is the perfect complement to roasted poultry.PilotRockPale2

Stuffed? Stuffing can take on a variety of tastes depending on how it’s prepared. If yours is a sweeter style, try our Twin Plunge Double IPA. Its intense hoppy, palate cleansing style will cut through the sweetness of raisins and nuts. If you prefer a more savory stuffing, “I Heart Oregon Ale’s” crisp notes will complement oyster or bacon without overpowering it.

Cranberry: Our specialty Wildtrail Ale, made with herbs and edibles gathered locally, will echo cranberry’s citrus-like fruity taste. Plus you can awe your guests with true local flavor.

Life of Pie: For some, the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is dessert! Our chocolaty, smooth Steel-Cut Stout, and its coffee-infused cousin Noble Stout, both offer a balanced pairing to Thanksgiving classics like pumpkin or pecan pie. Or forgo the pie and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your glass to create just desserts to top-off a meal to remember.

beer2So grab your growler and swing by the brewery to make yours a truly traditional Thanksgiving meal (the Pilgrims had beer!) See you soon and happy Thanksgiving!

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Beer of the Day: Steel-Cut Stout

American Craft Beer Week is entering its final weekend but not before we feature a few more of our speciality craft ales in our Beer of the Day series. Today we take a look at the dark side: Steel-Cut Oatmeal Stout.

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Espresso-like and dark as a starless night on Grizzly Peak, stouts have a long history in the brewing world. The first “stout porters” were brewed in England in the early 18th century. At that time, stout was used to describe any beer that was strong or hearty. The term “stout porter” was later shortened to stout to describe the dark ales popular with street and river porters in London, and Guinness of Ireland began using the term in the early 1800s when it started exporting its first beers to England.

About the Beer

As the name implies, our Steel-Cut Oatmeal Stout is brewed with 100 pounds of oats to provide a silky smooth mouthfeel. Opaque black and nearly impenetrable by light, ours has notes of roasted coffee aroma followed by espresso and chocolate flavors. 5.1% abv, 30 ibu

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Malt

  • Two-Row
  • Roasted Barley
  • Munich
  • Crystal-60
  • Chocolate
  • Carapils
  • Rolled Oats

Hops

  • Bittering=Organic Magnum
  • Aroma=Organic Golding

Food Pairing

Due to their malty sweetness and creamy nature, stouts complement a variety of foods. But they are bold enough to stand up to grilled foods like our lamb-pita or our own farm-raised steaks. And while stouts are dark (really dark!) they are “lighter” in body and even calories. Our Steel-Cut Stout makes a great lunchtime beer with an abv of just over 5 percent.

Stouts also make the perfect dessert beer. Try pairing one with chocolate to bring out the flavors of the beer, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and make a stout float! The creamy mouthfeel of the ice-cream and the stout are a match made in heaven!

Beer of the Day and American Craft Beer Week wrap up tomorrow with twist on this classic ale: Noble Stout.