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5 Of Our Favorite Local Craft Beers Perfect For Thanksgiving Feasts

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Belligerent Bloke (Photo courtesy Angel City Brewery)
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While we're excited about all the delicious food that Thanksgiving dinner brings, we also know that having an excellent craft beer in your glass can make the meal even better. Forget about gulping that watery swill that grandpa always brings. This holiday, pick up a few local craft brews that offer plenty of flavor perfect for the season. From limited release stouts and barleywines to sessionable brews that are great for catching up with family and friends or unwinding on the couch, here are our five favorite craft beers for Thanksgiving weekend.

Belligerent Bloke - Angel City Brewery

The Arts District's OG brewery recently released a seasonal barleywine that's perfect for warming you up for a big Thanksgiving feast. The malty, mahogany-tinted Belligerent Bloke offers a hearty and complex flavor, full of fig and caramel notes with a bit of seasonally-appropriate allspice and ginger thrown in for good measure. And at 9% ABV, it stands up to its imposing name. The limited edition release is available on tap at Angel City Brewery or in 22 oz. bottles at the brewery and select stores throughout Southern California. (The brewery will be closed Thanksgiving Day.)

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Back Home Gingerbread Stout from Golden Road Brewing (Photo by Nicholas Gingold via Facebook)
Back Home Gingerbread Stout - Golden Road Brewery

Thanksgiving is all about getting cozy on the couch for a post-meal nap or to watch parades and football, and what could be cozier than a glass full of Golden Road's Back Home Gingerbread Stout. The brewery's holiday favorite returns with its balanced and full-bodied flavor, featuring hints of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and smoky molasses. The Russian imperial stout is 8.5% ABV and while it may be a bit sweet for some palates, the earthy malt and spices help keep it balanced. If you're willing to sacrifice some of your beer, you can even make some killer gingerbread cookies with it. And, yes, while GRB may have recently been acquired by one of the big boys, they still make quality brews like this one. You can find Back Home Gingerbread Stout at the brewery's Pub and in 16 oz. cans in stores like Whole Foods, Costco, BevMo and more.

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Haiku de Saison from Monkish Brewing Co. (via Facebook)
Haiku de Saison - Monkish Brewing Co.

One of our favorite South Bay brewers is celebrating the holiday with a limited bottle release of their Haiku de Saison, a tart farmhouse-style beer aged in white wine oak barrels. If you're already familiar with the excellently-balanced Belgian-style brews of Monkish, you know you're in for a treat with this seasonal special. And if you don't know, know you know. This 6.3% ABV mixed-fermentation saison is the first the brewery is releasing from their French oak "foudres"—large 1400 gallon wine vats—and offers plenty of tang and a peppery finish that would be great for pre-Thanksgiving dinner sipping or to balance out the richness of the meal. Bottles can be purchased at brewery's tasting room—definitely worth a visit—which will be open Wednesday until 10 p.m., closed Thursday, but open the rest of the weekend.

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Seafarer Kolsch from Three Weavers (via Facebook)
Seafarer Kolsch - Three Weavers Brewery

Three Weavers just celebrated their first anniversary and the young Inglewood brewery offers several great options that would work well for the holiday. While their Midnight Flight imperial stout and Southbound coffee stout would pair well with a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie, if you're looking for something lighter to balance out a heavy meal, check out the recently bottled Seafarer Kolsch. This crisp and refreshing, German-style lager is perfect for daytime drinking over the holiday weekend. Grab it by the growler or 22 oz. bottle at the brewery's tap room or by the bottle at craft beer purveyors around SoCal.

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Grab a bottle or 4 of MacLeod Ale (via Facebook)
Jackie Tar - MacLeod Ale Brewing Company

Mellow, British style brews often go well with turkey and the hearty dishes you'll find around the Thanksgiving table, and fortunately for you those type of beers are the specialty at this Van Nuys brewery. With a taste unlike most dark ales you'll find around town (or in the U.S. generally), their Jackie Tar brown stout offers a delicious malty flavor with coffee and chocolate notes and very little bitterness. Enjoy it at the MacLeod Ale tap room (just not on Thanksgiving day) or in bottles to go and at craft beer sellers around town, including Whole Foods.