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Try These Michigan Craft Beers At Your Holiday Dinner

Nov 24, 2015

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While the food takes center stage during Thanksgiving, no meal is truly complete without the right beverage. WEMU's Amanda LeClaire spoke with a local beer geek about how to find the right brew for the holiday.

Peter Wilke works at The Beer Grotto in Ann Arbor, a tap room and shop selling Michigan beers and wine.


For the main holiday meal, he tells his customers to stay away from anything heavy on the hops or that's too sour.


“One of my favorite things to do is to go sweet with spicy. I think that plays off very well. If you do anything too hop-y with spicy then it going to overwhelm your palate and it’s actually just kind of going to hurt.”

Wilke suggests a cider or a fruit ale instead, like Sierra Rose Raspberry Cider out of Kalamazoo or Short’s Soft Parade from Bellaire, Michigan.

For dessert, he says to try a stout or porter, especially for pumpkin, sweet potato, or pecan pie, For instance, this barrel-aged milkshake stout from Rochester Mills or the Bean Flicker Blonde from Odd Side Ales.

Wilkey reminds anyone enjoying a local brew (or two) during the holidays to always drink responsibly.

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- Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her: aleclair@emich.edu