Published November 26th, 2019 at 11:00 AM
If previous Thanksgivings are any indication of how this one will go, we’ll probably overdo it. We’ll scarf down an entire pecan pie and about five servings of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, red-wine mushrooms and macaroni salad.
Before our naps, we’ll briefly experience a moment of beer bliss, when our favorite brown ale perfectly complements the roasted turkey, a moment where the goings on in our mouths reach a state of pure harmony with our taste buds. This is what Thanksgiving is all about. Oh yeah, family and friends are cool, too.
Besides the weekly rundown below, beer enthusiast Cassie Niemeyer shares a few perfect pairings for the Thanksgiving feast in the attached video.
The 4 Hands Brewing Co. Chocolate Milk Stout is a thing of beauty. This delicious stout clocks in at around 5.5% ABV (10 IBU), and bursts with notes of chocolate milk. It’s like drinking a Yoo-hoo but for grown-ups!
I had the Torn Label Brewing Co. Dubbel, Dubbel Toil and Trouble classic Belgian Dubbel at Taps on Main the other day, and this beer was an absolute treat. At 7.5% ABV, this Belgian brew hits heavy with notes of caramel, butterscotch, raisin and barley on the finish.
An impenetrable fortress of black, the 4 Hands Brewing Co. Secret Handshake Imperial Double Stout (10.5% ABV) bops you over the head with strong hints of grape, berry and milk chocolate.
Cue the Kansas City Chiefs anthem for Diametric Brewing Co’s TD Tossin’ Patrick MaHazy New England IPA (6.8% ABV). This beer is creamy with strong hoppy notes. Like Patrick Mahomes himself, this beer will not disappoint.
Boulevard Brewing Company’s Berry Noir is a sour-ale mixed with actual berries, blueberries and blackberries to be exact. At 4.2% ABV (10 IBU), this beer has a heavy, berry fruity flavor on the front end, with malty notes on the finish.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Head over to Broadway Beer 30, 1000 Broadway Blvd. in Kansas City, this Tuesday (and every Tuesday until December 17th) for Geeks Who Drink trivia night. Round up six of your closest buddies, or six of your family members (including grandma) for eight rounds of trivia from 8-10 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Take a break from all the Thanksgiving preparation and drive to Lawrence, KS for a Throwback Thanksgiving at Lawrence Beer Company, 826 Pennsylvania St. in Lawrence. Listen to everything from TLC to Hall and Oates to Michael Jackson to Buddy Holly as you sip on their delicious beer offerings, and munch on their magnificent bar food from 7-10 p.m. Before you leave, grab a beer crowler for $2 off the regular price. What a steal!
Friday, Nov. 29
International Tap House, 403 E. 18th St. in Kansas City, will be hosting their Black Friday Annual Winter Beer Party this Friday.Try a variety of beers on tap from the wonderful people at Goose Island Brewery based in Chicago. Not only will you get the chance to play trivia, but also you’ll get the opportunity to donate clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. Have a great time, donate to a good cause!
City Barrel Brewing Co., 1740 Holmes St. in Kansas City, will be releasing The Cosmos this Friday, a stout with notes of chocolate, vanilla and cacao clocking in at around 15% ABV. This delicious brew will be made available on tap, in 12-ounce cans and in four-packs.
Finally, be sure to head to Barley’s Kitchen + Tap, 16649 Midland Drive in Shawnee, Kansas, for a whopping 51 beers on tap, including Founders KBS 2016, Boulevard Imperial Stout 2015, Mother’s Rye Barrel Manhattan Imperial Three Blind Mice, and much, much more!