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Your Thanksgiving Day tipple?

November 20th, 2012

I know that I’ll be drinking beer, wine, and whiskey. I’m just not sure what yet. Or in what order. I still haven’t decided.

How about you? What are you drinking? Inspire me!

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  1. Jordan says:

    Trying to come up with a good cocktail to share. Last year it was a punch made with apple brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and allspice dram. Went over rather well.

  2. Kevin says:

    I’m partial to apple tipples as well – cider will be on hand, and I’ll probably be making a bunch of brick wall cocktails, which are refreshing.

  3. Sean says:

    Compass Box Oak Cross. Just bought a bottle the other day and I am really enjoying it. Not very inspiring, but maybe it will inspire you to go back to an older bottle you haven’t tasted in a while and get reacquainted. Then you can give thanks for the awesome job you have that allows you to get incredible whiskey for free.

  4. Joshua says:

    Anchor Steam Brewery makes a very nice holiday brew, the christmas seasonal but is a dark one that will be nice for Thanksgiving also. Very tasty John.

  5. Mark says:

    Since we are doing a Tri-tip and not a dull old turkey, I will drink Abita Turbo Dog with dinner and then transition to Maker’s 46 after. My wife will be drinking a red wine of some kind then Old Forrester.

  6. Steve says:

    Masterson’s Rye with the pre-Thanksgiving baking. Then, with turkey and trimmings on T-Day, Highland Park 21yo…BlackAdder ‘s Glen Elgin with strawberry pie for dessert.

  7. lawschooldrunk says:

    opening a 2009 George T Stagg for my dad. For me, it’s looking like a maker’s mark christmas edition bottling (nice frosted glass), Balvenie 14yo rum cask, and perhaps any one of Benriach 12, Ancnoc 12, or Longrow CV. (I’ll probably end up opening all three!)

    And, some guinness draught (though I hardly ever drink beer).

  8. Brian says:

    Pappy Van Winkle 15 year!

  9. Lazer says:

    WT Rye…101 of course!

  10. Kevin says:

    Elysian Bifrost winter ale, Very Old Bartons 100 proof, some of my uncles Tempranillo and whatever else I can forage in the homestead.

  11. OudErnest says:

    Starting the afternoon off with a few Lagunitas Daytime IPA. A great low alcohol and dry IPA and Sierra Harvest and Celebration ales. Usually a medley of Pinot Noir, Riesling, a Cotes du Rhone or two, sparkling rose or cava or other sparkling wine, a few saisons such as Dupont and Boulevard Saison Brett, and Islay such as Ardbeg for a closer. Also thinking of opening the Willett 3 yr-old Rye I just picked up at Julios. And in case you’re wondering we have a large gathering so not all for me!

  12. maltdoc says:

    Caol Ila 25 y/o Cask Strength, fantastic dram while the turkey roasts!

  13. BFitz says:

    Opening the 2011 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition that I made my wife hide from me.

  14. Phil Bastanchury says:

    My wife and I came up with a new sparkling wine cocktail, which we call a Hermione:

    Take a very thin slice of serrano chili and muddle it in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add ~1/2″ of Pumpkin Pie Syrup. Then fill the glass with dry sparkling wine, and skim off the pepper remains (or leave ’em if you like really spicy).

    This is surprisingly good.

  15. John Fisher says:

    Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale tastes like booth bourbon and beer.

  16. Lars says:

    Most likely Berkshire Brewing Company Steel Rail Pale Ale on draft. Followed by Parker’s Heritage congac cask.

  17. sam k says:

    Me? I just found Evan Williams 1783 for less than $7 per bottle by the case, so I’m overstocked for the holidays, including some low-end gift giving. Manhattans for everybody!

  18. Steve says:

    All American beverages for Thanksgiving. Beer dogfish punkin ale or Alaskan Smoked Porter. Wine Ridge or Bedrock Pagani Ranch. Bourbon the last of my Elmer T Lee 107 or Parker’s Heritage 1st edition. Many choices still to make. Happy Thanksgiving to All!

  19. James says:

    Very Old Scout 19 yr. Looking forward to what a 19/21 yr bourbon at $55 taste like. If it doesn’t go well, I have a 2007 William Larue Weller that needs to be opened. Crazy thing is the Weller was bought last summer. After researching the proof, I hit the floor.

    • Tadas A. says:

      So how was the Very Old Scout 19yo? How did it taste? I am curious. I’ve seen it for $90 and I am thinking of buying one, but still on the fence.

      • James says:

        The VOS is very good. Not sure I’d pay $90 for it, but here in Nashville the sticker is $55 and last week a store still had 4 bottles on the shelf. I did a comparison with Vintage 17 tonight and I like the VOS and it’s $10 cheaper.

  20. Josh West says:

    Southern Tier Pumpking and Maker’s 46 🙂

  21. Dave says:

    Dinner with Friends – taking a Aberlour A’Bunadh batch 34 for before dinner and then adding a Glenmorangie Nector D’Or at Dessert. (the Glenmorangie to introduce the non-scotch drinkers to some single malt)

    • Henry says:

      Too late to intervene here (and hope the guests enjoyed the Nectar D’Or–I sure do), but in my experience, the ACE’d Glenmorangie that turns the heads (and palettes) of those non-Scotch drinkers is the Quinta Ruban. Soft stuff that maintains plenty of character.

  22. RWT says:

    Dad and I found a bottle of Thomas Handy Rye and will be opening and trying it together. Perfect Thanksgiving!

  23. Scribe says:

    Given family members drift from single malt to bourbon to beer, I’ll be bringing (as the enthusiast of the bunch!) some Bruichladdich Octomore for the peat lovers…Flaming Heart for the full-bodied crowd…and some Spaten Oktoberfest (with apologies for bringing a German brew to such an American festivity!)

  24. Louis says:

    Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Lagavulin for the scotch drinkers. I have always found peat to do a good job washing down turkey and stuffing.

  25. Vince says:

    Pappy 15 and Glenfarclas 17 with a Kristoff Maduro

  26. Truman Cox says:

    My favorite punch, apple cider (1/2 gallon) ginger ale (2-liter), Bowman Brother’s Bourbon (750mL). mix and put in a punch bowl. aA couple of Angry Orchard ciders during dinner and desert with an Abraham 138.6 proof UC/UF and a Glenfarclas 25. Watch the game with Pappy 20 and a cube.

  27. pat says:

    I will open either a Four Roses ’09 Mariage or an Eagle Rare 17 (2010)

  28. Will travel from Quebec city to Vermont on thanxgiving week-end..

    Will try to find some new american micro stuff and will grab a Thomas H Sazerac on the way.

    • MrTH says:

      You’ll find some goodies in Vermont, André. Where do you go in QC? The St-Alexandre is nice, but pricey…I greatly miss the Thomas Dunn. I enjoy La Barberie, especially the terrasse on a summer evening….

      • TH, i live in Quebec city so i already knew these places… What i mean is i will travel from Qc City to Vermont for Thanksgiving…

        So i want to buy some micro distill stuff from us when i ‘ll be there.

      • MrTH says:

        I understand, André, I’m just curious to know what places you frequent in Québec. Do you know the Bar Ste-Angèle?

  29. Steve says:

    Gravy. Straight from the boat.

  30. mongo says:

    martinis and red wine before and during the meal.

    after the guests are gone and everything has been cleared away, i will go down to my whisky lair in the basement, away from lingering kitchen aromas and settle down for a while with some talisker 25, 2009.

  31. Jazz Lover says:

    Glengoyne 21yr. Sherry.

  32. Tony Menechella says:

    Bought some Camus XO Cognac and am looking forward to sampling it in front of the fire. I have not had much exposure to Cognac’s and wanted to delve into them.

  33. Bob W. says:

    A low-key lager, probably a Yeungling or a Bell’s, while I get the Big Green Egg going. Then Wild Turkey Rare Breed in honor of my father-in-law, who WAS a rare breed and also loved WT. Thomas H Handy 2011 later that night.

  34. Eli says:

    Ill be cracking open this year’s Stagg and a bottle of Willett 21.


  35. MrTH says:

    A Napa Valley sauvignon blanc, a couple cuts above my usual $10 screwtops, at dinner; Clear Creek pear brandy with dessert; Celebration Ale later. Drams TBA. I’ll have the Redbreast 12 CS out when my Irish buddy Bobby comes by later–I think it will open his eyes a wee bit.

  36. H.Diaz says:

    Alaskan Smoked Porter 22 oz. First time available in my neck of the wood’s.
    Deanston Virgin Oak. Worth a shot for $30. Nice.

  37. two-bit cowboy says:

    Nothing pretentious: Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon and Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio

  38. VT Mike says:

    I brought a few hard to find Saisons (Anna and Arthur) from Hill Farmstead down from Vermont. My sister will contribute her usual epic wine selections, and to finish it all of I just picked up a 13 year Tullibardine from Gordon & Macphail.

  39. Ben says:

    The Old Granddad BIB. Time after time, I find it compares well with fancier, far more expensive stuff.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all, and thanks to my fellow readers for the idea of American whiskey on this most American of holidays. So obvious, and yet I confess I never would have thought of it!

  40. Louis says:

    And a Talisker vertical for the leftovers tomorrow night when I won’t be driving: Dun Bheagan 8 Island, and distillery 10, 175th Anniversary, and 25.

  41. RPP says:

    Just got home from my parents and got the kids to bed. No better day than today for finishing off my last dram of 2011 Sazerac 18 followed by a bottle of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout that I somehow saved since last Feb.

  42. TW says:

    I mixed up a post American Colonial Egg-Nog with an organic Virginia straight rye, an old family recipe.

  43. Tom D says:

    Beer early: shared an Ovila by Sierra Nevada, a Victory Dark Intrigue and a Goose Island Bourbon Country Stout. All brought by a very good guest.

    After the chaos of the day, we had 20 people and 2 babies in the house, had a beautiful 18 year old Willett Barrel Strength (Barrel 43 141.7 proof) with some close family.

    Hope you all had a great day. It’s been a crazy month here in NY.

  44. Marc from Ann Arbor says:

    Ardbeg Corryvrecken. A nice match for a turkey smoked for 7 hours.

  45. John Hansell says:

    Well, my thanksgiving ended up being a mix of what friends and family members brought and shared, and what I provided. A little bubbly to start, Tripel Karmalit and Dupont’s “Avec les bons Voeux…” beers with the meal, and pumpkin beer with my wife’s apple pie and bourbon pecan pie (which was the food equivalent of crack cocaine). I finished the day with some Pappy 23 yr. and a Padron 1964, while giving thanks for the good things in life I am blessed with.

    I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!

  46. Finally got 3 bottles of Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project… cask 61, 29 and 9? something.
    Nice to see the differences between the bottlings.
    Sadly, they are quite expensive at 50$ / 375 ml bottle

  47. Ryan Taylor says:

    Thanksgiving was filled with drams of Bruichladdich Rocks, Laphroaig Cask Strength, Glenlivet 15 and Nadurra.

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