There can be a lot of stress involved with the holidays, but choosing a good beer should not be one of them. Allow the Beer Brain to point you in the direction of some perfect Turkey Day brews.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Beer

1. A Thanksgiving Craft Beer for All Palates: Cherry Wheat from Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company)
With a traditional wheat beer flavor up front and a subtle hint of cherries on the back end, this beer can be a gateway to craft beer for your dad, cousin, or random dude your sister brings to the table. Light enough to allow access to the macrobrew lover and complex enough to delight the craft beer enthusiast, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat might be the only thing you and your father-in-law can agree on.


Winter Hook from Red Hook beer

2. Thanksgiving Craft Beer to Celebrate the Season: Winterhook (#30) from Redhook
The recipe for this perennial favorite changes every year, making it the holiday gift that keeps on giving. This year, the beer is wearing a holiday sweater as a label and has been brewed to highlight the brewers’ favorite aspects of the last 29 versions. Expect a dark brown beer filled with wintry spices and a warming sensation —  not unlike the feeling you get when you put on that favorite holiday sweater.


Pliny the Elder Beer

3. Thanksgiving Craft Beer for the Hophead: Pliny the Elder from Russian River
Pliny the Elder is big, hoppy, citrusy, and the quintessential American double IPA. Like many hoppy beers, Pliny the Elder is sold as a fresh-food product that should be consumed ASAP. This bold and bright ale makes a perfect gift for the host and would be a delightful complement to any traditional turkey dinner.


Mocha Stout beer

4. Thanksgiving Craft Beer for Dessert: Xocoveza Mocha Stout from Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente
This triple collaboration between homebrewer Chris Banker, Mexican brewery Insurgente, and California brewery Stone has enough flavor to counteract any and all tryptophan in your system. Based on the flavor profile of Mexican hot chocolate, Xocoveza has hints of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile-pepper and coffee. It will go great with pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or on its own while you try to stay awake during the football game.