Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that could mean two things: turkey and perhaps dinner with “the in-laws.” For many of you, this can be a stressful time of the year. Who else is dreading questions like, What are your plans after you graduate? When are you getting married? Not to mention those uncomfortable political debates with your significant other’s relatives. To help with such a dilemma, here are some beers with high alcohol percentages that will help to ease the pain. This way you can sip on two or three beers, keep your cool and not be called an alcoholic for running back and forth to the beverage cooler.
The latest collaboration brew from 21st Amendment A Terrible Idea will help to erase the obviously terrible idea of agreeing to have Thanksgiving with your in-laws. With a whopping ABV of 6.8%, two or three of these will make everything feel all right. This IPA is hoppy with flavors and aromas of pineapple, mango, orange and peach. Another strong contender from 21st Amendment includes their winter seasonal Fireside Chat. This warming Strong Ale has a subtle blend of holiday spices and a high ABV of 7.9%. Fireside Chat will not only drown out the noise, but the flavors will complement your dessert accordingly.
Are you a fan of maple syrup? If you answered yes, then you are in luck. Magic Hat brews a Doppelbock made with real Vermont maple syrup. This boozy beer packs an unbelievable 8% ABV with malty hints of toast, biscuit and caramel. Magic Hat Fancy Grade will get you through some rough times while sitting next to your mother-in-law who keeps mentioning that she was an RA with a 4.0 during her undergrad.
Adirondack Brewery’s Fat Scotsman is a cold weather favorite. At 9% ABV, this malty scotch ale is the perfect brew to forget the in-laws. But you won’t be able to forget about that robust flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Generous amounts of caramel malts and kettle caramelization contribute to the malty flavor that is balanced by just the right amount of hops. Two of these big ABV brews will help you relax after a big meal.
For our final Thanksgiving contender, I chose to showcase a brand new IPA. Available for a limited time only, Ballast Point Spruce Tip Sculpin IPA packs a punch with a 7% ABV. Brewed with fresh Oregon spruce tips, this IPA will help you ignore your wildly successful brother-in-law who is bragging about his fitness regime while you’re stuffing your face. After two of these, you can blame the food for making you sleepy. You’re welcome.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. There’s a football game on TV, fresh food to be had, leftovers to be taken home and beer to be drunk. It is one of America’s foundational holidays and it embodies togetherness from a time past. If dinner at the in-laws isn’t your favorite, let this gentlemen’s playbook power you through your long Thursday evening.