As each one is different, so is the occasion for which theyre best suited. Here are my picks and tentative plans for this Thanksgiving:
Coop Ale Works: Native Amber
This guys crisp and delicious with a sweet hint of caramel, and comes in a tall, very regal-looking black can. Grab a koozie and its perfect for watching football, or pour it into a pint glass (it looks so festive all copper and thick, doesnt it?) and enjoy with your first round of turkey and stuffing. Its got a slight bitterness that really completes it. Drink with your first plate of food.
Mustang Brewing Co.: Washita Wheat
Mustangs wheat offering has a unique, earthy taste that mixes a bit of
fruit with red wheat from the Oklahoma plains. Theres no aftertaste to
speak of, so I think itll make a good substitute for a veggie dish at
dinner. Drink instead of that side of green beans.
Battered Boar Brewing Co.: Heartbreak Hefeweizen Ale
The Heartbreak might well bring a tear to your eye, thanks to its initial spicy kick. The finish is really smooth, and at 7 percent alcohol by volume, this little golden firebrand will loosen up the early afternoon conversation to include a little more than the standard Oh, that turkeys looking good, or Man, the Cowboys sure are tanking again this season. Drink with chips and salsa, or while youre helping grandma with the fixings.
Choc Beer Co.: Pietro Piegari
Chocs also got a nice American amber that hits you like a porter, but goes down smooth and nutty. It looks really hearty sitting in the glass: a deep red that swirls around rich and malty on the first drink. Its the most festive- looking in this bunch, so Id say break it out whenever you do the family pictures, and be sure to keep an extra box around for Christmas.
Marshall Brewing Co.: Atlas IPA
What I like best about Tulsas Marshall brewery is their Atlas India Pale aAe, specifically how sharp it is for leaving no distinct aftertaste. Its the rare IPA that you can drink two or three of without feeling like you need to scrub your tongue clean. Id save this one for that second plate of food, when your guts getting full but your quest to overdose on tryptophan remains incomplete.