A Breckenridge Brewery Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year. There's the reunion of families and friends getting together, reminding each other of old memories, and creating new ones. Then there's the over-indulging in delicious, home-cooked food. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. And we don’t know about you guys, but we’re certainly drinking a lot of beer, to help us through the day.

Hosting? On cooking duty? We are here to help. Whether spending your day over the stove or on hosting duties, we’ve got some Breckenridge Brewery recipes by our Executive Chef Nate Gravina and some beer pairings to impress the whole family!

Follow the recipes and we will get through the holidays together…. In Good CO. All recipes were crafted for a family-style gathering of 6-8 people. If you need to double or triple, we suggest drinking more beer.

Here is how we would recommend having the perfect Breckenridge Brewery Thanksgiving:

Welcome your guests with an  Skymosa - a glass of beer with a splash of orange juice. It’s light and refreshing, not too filling before the feast and it won’t slow you down for your TurkeyBowl game.

BREW FOR THE BIG MEAL: Avalanche Amber Ale
If you are serving a traditional meal, Avalanche is the perfect pairing. The sweet roasted nuttiness complements any roasted poultry while being tart enough to perfectly contrast the sweetness of Grandma’s candied yams or the richness of those extra buttery mashed potatoes. It brings a good body but isn’t too heavy to sip on during the year’s largest meal.



White Ale Turkey

For the brine:
2 bottles White Ale
1 gal ice water
4 cups water to boil
2 cups salt
3 cups brown sugar
4 onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves
3 bay leaves
5 oranges cut in ¼ but not peeled
3 tbl coriander
2 sprigs rosemary

Boil the 4 cups water and mix in brown sugar, salt, garlic, bay leaves, 3 of the oranges, and the coriander until salt and sugar melt. Add in 2 Onions and keep on heat for 2 minutes. Pour hot water into ice water and mix vigorously. Brine turkey in this water for 24 hours.

Remove the bird from the brine and dry it out as much as possible by pressing it with a towel, inside and out. Put the remaining onions and oranges inside the cavity as well as the rosemary.

For the baste:
1 stick butter
½ cup onion powder
½ cup granulated garlic
¼ cup salt
¼ cup pepper
1 tbl coriander

Soften the butter in a pan and slowly mix in the dry ingredients until it is a paste. This will be your turkey baste. Put the turkey on a roasting rack inside of a roasting pan and place in the oven, basted, uncovered for about 30 minutes to get a slight brown on the skin. At this point, put on the rest of the baste and cover the turkey. Finish roasting to an internal temperature of 165. Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for no less than 20 minutes


2 yams, peeled and cubed
1 bottle VP
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup maple syrup
1  bacon, chopped
3 tbl cornstarch
2 large onions, medium dice
3 tbl red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of mini marshmallows

Wrap yam cubes in foil and roast at 350 for about 30 minutes or until soft. (You can use canned yams and skip this step.)

While yams roast, put bacon in a large sautee pan and render out the fat. Halfway to crispy, add the onions and stir frequently. Once onions are translucent, add bottle of VP and 3 cups brown sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch. Cook until the sauce has reduced into a thick syrup. Be sure to stir early, stir often!

Remove yams from the oven, poking to make sure they’re slightly firm, but cooked. Put into a baking pan, and top with the bacon mixture. Bake for about 15 minutes uncovered at 350. If your yams weren’t roasted enough, some water may thin out your glaze. If that is the case, just leave it in the oven until it reduces a bit more.

Once done, mini marshmallows, and broil under a watchful eye until marshmallows brown.


BREW FOR DESSERT: Nitro Chocolate Orange Stout

Stouts are known to pair beautifully with desserts, especially stouts that aren’t too heavy. The flavors in Nitro Chocolate Orange Stout complement fruit pies as well as pumpkin pecan and sweet potato pies. The smooth texture and creaminess of the nitrogen pairs extremely well with pumpkin pie. If you’re going fruit pie, pick something with a little spice and enjoy how well it pairs with the creaminess of the beer. Our recommendation would be a great apple pie or a spiced cheery pie here. A little tip: nitrogen is less filling than CO2 beers, so pick a nitro beer like this one for your final course.