Sip & Savor Your Way through Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving being just days away, the prepping and cooking has begun. From grocery shopping to ordering specialty desserts and treats, Thanksgiving dinner is a time to sip, savor and enjoy every moment. With a little help from Peter Radler, Manager at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub’s Brewmaster, Kevin Clark, we have some fun pairing ideas for your Thanksgiving celebration.

Let’s begin with the wine!

“With so many different recipes out there from a sweet and mild style to hearty and spicy, I would recommend to offer two varietals, as you most likely will always have guests, who do not like one or the other (whites and reds),” says Peter. “My first recommendation would be a Riesling, which has pleasant fruit flavors from dry to fruity and sweet that match most accompaniments like stuffing and sauces, as well as the turkey itself. Recommended regions would be Alsace or Germany.


Secondly, I would suggest a Pinot Noir. With a balanced acidity and generous fruit intensity, this varietal goes especially well with the different flavors featured as part of a Thanksgiving feast, especially turkey. Recommended regions to be on the lookout for would be Santa Barbara and Monterey County.”

Now, who’s ready for some craft brews?

“I would pair a Vienna Lager or any nice refreshing Lager with football and appetizers. Usually we have cheese and crackers or other goodies, and I would start with a lager to wet the palate,” shares Kevin.

“For the main course being Turkey and mashers with gravy AND of course all the trimmings, I would go IPA all the way. Bold hoppy beers go well to cut through the richness of the meal. I would even suggest a Belgian beer that is a little higher in ABV (alcohol by volume) and could match well with the cranberry sauce.

For pie, no matter what it is I would suggest a Stout. Any Stout works. The dark smooth rich flavor could replace coffee. The stout also works while you enjoy Thanksgiving football, all weekend long!”

Craft beer

So there you go! Peter B’s original craft beers can be found throughout the Monterey Peninsula at a variety of markets and specialty stores. To view a list of locations visit our website at Being that we are located in a wonderful wine region, most local grocery stores, independent markets and liquor stores have an impressive selection of wines from all over. BUT, just steps from the Portola is Sovino Wine Bar & Merchant and the Wharf Marketplace. In addition, nearby Cannery Row and Carmel by the Sea play host to a variety of local tasting rooms.

Cheers to all this Thanksgiving!

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