BELLEVILLE — When it comes to what to serve as a libation with Thanksgiving dinner, thoughts regularly turn to wine. Yet, there are many fans of that yeasty brew who would be surprised and pleased to be served a special seasonal beer or ale to suit the occasion.
Grappa Growlers, 1501 North Belt West, specializes in selling beer and wine. When the question was put to co-owner Jodi Meravy about what kinds of beer to serve with the Thanksgiving Day meal, she and her staff came up with six to try. All are available in bottles at Grappa Growlers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Wednesday. Need more ideas? Call 234-9463.
Samuel Smith Organic Cider -- $4.49 for a 550 ml bottle. Good with cream soups and salad.
Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale -- $8.99 for a six-pack. Smooth dark flavor goes well with turkey and gravy.
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale -- $6.99 for a 650 ml bottle. Well-suited for the entire meal.
Southern Tier Harvest Ale -- $9.99 for a six-pack. Complements the main course, but especially good with roasted meat.
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale -- $10.99 for a six-pack. Made with pumpkin and spices, it's the perfect way to end dinner.
Lindemans Framboise Lambic -- $9.99 for a 750 ml bottle. Made with raspberries, this rose-colored ale has a lighter, tart flavor for the end of meal. Pairs especially well with chocolate, ice cream and caramel.