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I am on the record saying Thanksgiving is a criminally underrated holiday. As soon as the calendars turn to November, so many people already start dreaming of mistletoe and Mariah Carey ballads, failing to give the beautiful American holiday that is Thanksgiving its fair shake. The four day period from Wednesday to Sunday is easily the best four day stretch of drinking, food and sports that happens all year – plus you’re off work and hopefully with family. I always get apprehensive as I board my flight back to Chicago thinking about all of the Thanksgiving eating and drinking opportunities I might have missed. Thankfully, several innovative brands have found ways to extend the Thanksgiving merriment past a decadent few days through things like Thanksgiving-flavored beer, turkey-flavored chips and more.
Before I get into the new ways you can indulge in Thanksgiving flavors outside of at the kid’s table next to your annoying cousin at Thanksgiving, I’d be remiss to not say a few words about the OG of weird holiday flavors: Jones Soda. While many may now scoff at soda flavors like Green Bean Casserole and Mashed Potatoes and Butter, the flavor scientists at Jones were actually well-ahead of the game when it came to infusing foreign flavors into familiar snacks and beverages. Today, it seems like you can’t round a street corner without seeing a Starbucks or McDonalds doling out their newest seasonal flavor mashup. And why blame them? People love the novelty of it and buy it in droves.
Unfortunately, you can only hawk some of those iconic Jones holiday packs on Ebay and Amazon. Thankfully, several smart businesses with the curious consumer in mind have picked up the slack. If you’re like me and like to mix in your alcohol with as many meals as possible, you’ve probably taken a look at what beers pair best with turkey and all of the fixings. Some ambitious brewers have decided to take things a step further by eliminating the guesswork and actually brewing beers that taste like your favorite Thanksgiving staples. Want to funnel cranberry sauce into your face in beer form? New Jersey’s Cape May Brewing Company makes a Cranberry Stuffing ale filled with thyme and cranberries. More interested in finding a worthy liquid partner to your three plates of pie? Florida’s Funky Buddha has been making their popular Sweet Potato Casserole seasonal beer since 2011. Beers that taste like gravy, mashed potatoes, and more are all around us when November comes around – just scour the shelves of your local bottle shop or delve into the murky depths of Beer Twitter to find out what the fanboys are clamoring for this year.
If you don’t want to be drunk all month trying out every Thanksgiving-flavored beer under the sun, you can also test the limits of your belt notches by trying out the new Thanksgiving Dinner variants that Pringles just rolled out. Available on their website, Pringles has unveiled three new flavors: turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. I go in spurts when it comes to chips. I won’t eat one for months and then run through two bags in a weekend. If I got my hands on one of these seasonal cans, I have a feeling my eating experience would fall into the latter camp. After all, every part of the Thanksgiving experience is about indulging, whether it be food, festivities or booze. Get me around a few cans of the Pumpkin Pie flavor, which I assume have a great sweet and salty flavor, and I’d be sleeping peacefully with crumbs on my chest shortly after. Cheers to Thanksgiving season!.