Ah, Christmas. Time for joy, presents, tons of food, and awkwardly hanging out with relatives. More importantly, time for parties! Nothing says holiday spirit like a festive game of beer pong–especially when you have a light up beer pong table to match your mistletoe! Holiday parties are not made by beer pong alone, however–Christmas is the perfect time to impress your friends and relatives with your detailed knowledge of how different beers can be paired with the best Christmas dishes!
Turkey with Lager
A light lager will help to offset the heaviness of the classic turkey, mashed potato, and gravy combination, and it acts as a palate cleanser between bites. Go for something a little more upscale than your usual fare, like a Belgian light lager–it’s the holidays, after all!
Glazed Ham with Rauchbier
Sweet and smoky glazed ham should be paired with a rauchbier–a smoky German beer–if at all possible. The smokiness of the beer complements the smokiness of the ham, and you’ll get bonus points talking about a type of beer that not everyone will have heard about. If you can’t find a rauchbier at your local shop, go for a rich oktoberfest-style beer instead.
Prime Rib with Porter
Grilled red meat pairs perfectly with the dark, malty flavor of a good porter–there’s the perfect balance of similarity and contrast to make the flavors of both the beer and the meat pop when you put them together. Just make sure that your porter isn’t too bitter, or it will overpower the meat.
Sweet Potatoes with Brown Ale
A malty, hoppy brown ale will match the sweetness of the potatoes but have just enough bite to cut through the glaze. This combo is good enough that you might just want to skip out on the rest of the meal (but you won’t because all the other pairings are awesome too).
Dessert with Stout
Let’s be honest–it doesn’t actually matter what dessert it is for us to say that you should pair it with stout. Pumpkin pie? Pair it with stout. Figgy pudding? Pair it with stout. Literally anything else sweet that’s served with piles of whipped cream? Pair it with stout. The big flavors in the stouts offset the sweetness of the desserts, and everyone feels better about life after dessert and stout are on the table. Bonus points with your family if you then play board games with them after dinner–no one else needs to know that you’ve invented your own scrabble drinking game for every time your aunt asks “what do I do with a Q?”
Want to learn more about beers? Check out our post about The World’s Most Unusual Beers.
Have your own favorite holiday beer pairings? Tell us about it in the comments!