Tailgate parties: a sacred American tradition for which we should all be proud. It also happens to be one of the best things to do with friends on Thanksgiving—after all, you need something to look forward to before the awkward dinner with the in-laws.
The trick to a successful Thanksgiving tailgate party is to pick some reliable, tasty beers that aren’t going to knock you on you ass—and that’s what we’re here to help you with. Find these beers and more great tailgating drinks at Liquor Barn.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
It doesn’t exactly scream unique—we know—but it’s a familiar tasting beer that will go down easy as you settle in with your buddies. We could tell you how it’s a crisp, full-bodied beer, weighing in at an ideal 5% ABV—but you already know that, so we’re going to leave you to it.
420 Extra Pale Ale
If you’re looking to shift gears, but the food is still cooking on the grill, then might we recommend a 420 Extra Pale Ale. Although light on the stomach, no one would call this a weak beer. The flavor is delightful, refreshing and it's just the perfect mashup of crisp and bitter. Drink on!
Victory Prima Pils
Excitement levels rising—the turkey is coming off the grill! You need a beer that compliments this momentous occasion. And, for us, it has to be a Victory Prima Pils. No pretentiousness and complex IPA flavor profiles are needed right now—just something crisp, refreshing, and mildly hoppy to help wash your food down.
Stone Go To IPA
The afternoon is winding on and you need to pull out something to really impress your friends. If it were any other situation, you’d reach for a nice, powerful IPA, but you’ve got to keep this party going all day. This being the case, might we recommend a Stone Go To IPA by the Stone Brewing Co.
While usually known for their ultra-hoppy brews, this 4.5% ABV offering is for those that enjoy the bitter taste of an IPA, but want a beer they can stay level with.
Southern Pale Ale
The party’s gone great, but someone—there’s always someone—isn’t quite done yet. They’re wondering if you’ve got anything special tucked away to cap it all off. Well, yes you have. If you’re smart you’ll pull out a Southern Pale Ale from the Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.
A bit of a rarity this one, it’s got all the hoppy deliciousness and hipster pedigree that you expect from a pale ale, but at 5% ABV, it’s a beer you could have a few of and still walk away with your head intact.