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Monday, November 18, 2013

Schlafly Tells Us What Beer to Drink on Thanksgiving -- Before, During and After Dinner

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       The dessert-worthy Imperial Stout IPA. | RFT Photo
  •        The dessert-worthy Imperial Stout IPA. | RFT Photo

For dessert, Schlafly has two brews that Hale prefers. "Oak-Aged Barley Wine is one of our wood-aged reserve beers that's a nice treat to have," he says. "It stands out from the big brother who gets all the attention -- the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. That's a really natural beer to recommend for desserts of almost any kind."

The two wood-aged beers should be served at a warmer temperature, Hale says, around 50 degrees as opposed to the usual high 30s. He also recommends that they (along with the four Belgian styles) are decanted to get a clearer pour.

"Those six should be poured slowly into a pitcher to leave out sediment and then vigorously into your glass," he says. Noted! And hey, if craft beer isn't your thing, or maybe you've been drinking the same brand for twenty years, Hale says that's OK too.

"It's all personal taste. If someone has a particular beer he loves you might not talk him into a pumpkin at Christmas," he says. "But we can always recommend that people go outside their comfort zones a little bit or expand their horizons."

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