Cutting a long story short, the beer that accompanied our turkey to the dinner table was "Orkney Blast" from the Swannay Brewery of Orkney. It achieved Christmas Day pole-position entirely by accident and, bloody hell, it matched perfectly.
A 6% strong golden ale with well-balanced honeyed sweetness and low hop bitterness backed by gentle caramel malt, it matched the traditional Christmas turkey combo rather excellently. Had I been asked to recommend a beer style for Christmas turkey matching I might have been tempted to look for a Vienna or darker Czech lager or a bock. Accidently we stumbled across a beautiful match.
Let's hope we can get some next year and that we can wean family members off their Jacob's Creek!
When WILL wine-fixated food writers learn that for flavours that match roast and grilled meats you can't beat a drink that involves roasting, toasting, boiling and caramelising in its creation - BEER
I found several Orkney brews in the states on BeerMenus.com but not Orkney Blast. From your description, it sounds a little like Troegs Mad Elf (except that Mad Elf is 11% ABV (a little extreme, but doesn't taste extreme at all). I'll be on the lookout.
Those malty beers and turkey are great together. I had Sheps Christmas Ale on the table, and very nice it was too.
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