The 5 Best Local Beers to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

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A bite of banana in every beer.
Just in time for Christmas, Buffalo Bayou Brewing hopes to release its first beer to the public: an 11 percent gingerbread Imperial stout that would be the toast of any Christmas dinner.

For Thanksgiving, however, there are plenty of locally brewed beers that would be equally welcomed at the table -- and nothing says, "I trumped your dumb marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole this year, Cousin Fran," like an entire growler of beer.

Of course, if your family isn't the beer-drinking type, you can also get a growler of 8th Wonder Brewery's specially brewed root beer at the brand new Local Foods in Rice Village, next door to benjy's. And hopefully, in a few short months, 8th Wonder will have joined Buffalo Brewing as Houston's two newest craft brewers.

Until then, however, check out these five excellent options for your Thanksgiving beer needs.

5. Saint Arnold Santo Black Kölsch

This is a good "gateway" beer for family members who are unfamiliar with or wary of the craft beer movement. It's close enough to a kölsch in body and feel as to comfort your uncle who is used to drinking adjunct lagers, but with a rich undertone of malt and an inky color that screams "fall" far more than a bright yellow kölsch would. If you're the type of family to have tamales at Thanksgiving dinner, Santo is the beer for it.

4. Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout

This strong, malty, rich American-style stout from the brewery in Conroe is absolutely a dessert beer, its toffee and chocolate notes pairing brilliantly with pumpkin and pecan pies alike. However, it's equally good for sipping by a fire -- if it's cold enough at Thanksgiving to build one or if you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in Houston -- or enjoying with a post-Thanksgiving dinner cigar on the patio. Available in cans at places like Spec's.

Location Info

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Spec's Warehouse

2410 Smith St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Whole Foods

701 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

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Santo is horrible. The difference between it and Lawnmower are negligible, in my opinion. I agree with Pumpkinator being number one. I still think the Imperial IPA in March was the best brew Saint Arnold has put out in the past few years, but Pumpkinator is second. I actually think this Pumpkinator tastes different (better) then when it was brewed as a DR.

Also, I agree with Kyle. Rodeo Clown deserves to be on the list. The deeper we get into winter, the heavier the beer. Rodeo Clown gets the job done.


I'd like to see St Arnold's do a mentos style commercial for santos.. Love it, more Texas than Cologne/Koln but sure we'll go with that (my parents are German and from Cologne).


Rodeo Clown!




If you can't tell the difference between the Santo and Lawnmower, don't blame the beer, blame your tongue.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I do love me some Rodeo Clown. Had a pint of it last night at benjy's, actually. Consider it placed on honorable mention.

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