My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
The fall has always been my favourite time of year. The air is cool and crisp, the kids have settled into a great school routine and I get to grill my first turkey of the seemingly never-ending holiday season. Along with the turkey is a wide array of delicious courses all weaving together to create one amazing meal.
An important part of the meal is finding the perfect libations to pair with each course.
My libation of choice is, of course, beer.
As people arrive for the evening, I’m looking to serve a “welcome beer” that is on the lighter side of things. People are going to be experiencing a marathon of food tonight so it’s important to kick off the evening serving some beer that is on the lighter side of the spectrum. Lighter can mean one of two things; lighter in flavour and body or lighter in alcohol.
For me, I head for a little of “Column A” and a little of “Column B” and that perfect beer is Mill Street’s Organic. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; there aren’t very many light craft beers out there (hint hint) and sometimes that’s exactly what is called for.
At my house, the next beer you are going to have is with the big bird itself. Now this is a complicated beer to serve because you can have a lot of different dishes and flavours on the table from rich mashed potatoes to sweet and savory root vegetables to the turkey itself.
I usually aim to pair the beer with the turkey and since it’s been smoked I look for some amber ales or porters to do the trick.
One of the nicest ones at the moment is Fuller’s London Porter. It shares some of the smokier notes of the turkey in the aroma but also has a hint of toffee that helps tie the root vegetables in with the experience.
The final course is dessert. Around our house it could simply be referred to as the Pumpkin Pie course. I like to have a nice dark beer with my pumpkin pie personally.
An imperial stout usually finds its way into my hand during this course and my perennial favourite is Sinha Stout (or Lion Stout as it’s referred to in other parts of the world). It has the nice balance of bitter and sweet that just works with this pie.
If you can’t find the beers that I suggested just try to find the styles at your local LCBO, Beer Store or Brewery and let me know what you discover!