12 Beers to Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner Slideshow

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Prima Pils, Victory Brewing
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Prima Pils, Victory Brewing
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On a marathon-long eating day like Thanksgiving, you're going to want to start out with something light and easy-drinking, like a pilsner or a lager. The brewery's lager is a great friend-of-all-foods choice, but if you're looking for something with a slightly more assertive character, the hoppy Prima Pils is a good beer to enjoy with appetizers while watching the game on TV.

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Victory Brewing

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Cameo Cider, Argus Cidery
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Cameo Cider, Argus Cidery
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This young, Texas-based cidery is known for its dry, elegantly aromatic hard ciders. The tart-sweet Cameo variety (made exclusively from apples of the same name) is a nice, early-in-the-meal choice for those who want a non-wine beer alternative.

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Argus Cidery

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Hitachino Nest White Ale, Kiuchi Brewery
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Hitachino Nest White Ale, Kiuchi Brewery
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The flavors of orange zest, nutmeg, and corriander in this slightly bitter, but easy-drinking Japanese witbier are a great match to the spread of a typical Thanksgiving table.

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Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale, Harpoon Brewery
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Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale, Harpoon Brewery
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Cranberry sauce may be one of the eternal sources of contention at the Thanksgiving table, but there's little arguing the virtues of this seasonal amber ale from New England-based Harpoon Brewery. Made with freshly harvested cranberries, the beer strikes a nice balance of tart and bitter, with just a slight note of malty sweetness.

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Harpoon Brewery

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Matilda, Goose Island Beer Company
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Matilda, Goose Island Beer Company
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The Chicago brewery's Belgian-style pale ale is known for its spicy yeast character —  a great pick if you're looking for something that will contrast and cut through some of the heartier, richer fare.

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Flickr/Bernt Rostad

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Saison Dupont, Brasserie Dupont
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Saison Dupont, Brasserie Dupont
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Saisons are a classic beer-Thanksgiving dinner pairing and this crispy, bubbly Belgian brew is a smart bet. Look for notes of spice, pear, and tart apples. Similarly, Brewery Ommegang's bright and zesty Hennepin is a super flavorful farmhouse ale that should help cut through the fat and heaviness of the main-course dishes.

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Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn Brewery
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Sorachi Ace, Brooklyn Brewery
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This Belgian-style saison was conceived using an unusual hop variety of the same name that was originally developed by Japan's Sapporo Breweries. Brooklyn Brewery has used the variety to make a a really unique beer with what craft-beer expert Josh Bernstein describes as a bright lemon aroma and soft buttery flavor.

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Saison, Funkwerks Brewery
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Saison, Funkwerks Brewery
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The Fort Collins, Colo., brewery's flagship beer does the farmhouse style proud —  intensely carbonated, with a fruity aroma, a slight earthniess, and a peppery zip.

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Funkwerks Brewery

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Autumn Maple, The Bruery
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Autumn Maple, The Bruery
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Brewed with yams (apparently 17 pounds per barrel!), cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, and maple syrup, this powerfully flavored seasonal is a great pumpkin beer alternative.

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The Bruery

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Dark Starr Stout, Starr Hill
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Dark Starr Stout, Starr Hill
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While this American-made version of a dry Irish stout pours a dark, rich brown, it is nevertheless a great, light-bodied session beer. The award-winning, low-alcohol brew packs a lot of coffee and dark chocolate flavors without the heft — something you'll no doubt be thankful for during such a meal.

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Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Brewing
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Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Brewing
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This king among pumpkin beers makes a welcome addition to a meal that celebrates the bounty and flavors of fall. Sweet, with a bevy of spice notes that include cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, it acheives that pie-in-a-glass quality if you're looking for more of a liquid dessert.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Wells & Young's Ltd.
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Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Wells & Young's Ltd.
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This lush, rich milk stout is a good way to close out the extravagant meal. A powerful punch of chocolate aroma and flavor, it drinks well with a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie (or perhaps a little of both).

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Flickr/Bernt Rostad