Area Brewery to Craft Thanksgiving-Flavored Beers
By Fred Furnace
Published November 22nd, 2015
(left) Demonic Nun Brew Company's Green Bean Casserole IPA. (right) Glass of Mushroom Gravy Biere de Garde.
ALBANY – A local craft brewery is launching Thanksgiving-themed beers, which will be available at select area Price Chopper and Hannaford locations this week only.
“White Meat Pale Ale” and “Dark Meat Lager” — which as the names suggest are infused with white and dark turkey meat — will be rolled out by Demonic Nun Brew Company of Lark Street.
“We wanted to offer craft beers to satisfy all palettes and preferences,” said Demonic Nun co-owner Michael Clump. “Some people like dark meat, some like white meat. We decided to go ahead and offer beers infused with both.”
Demonic Nun will also unveil for the holiday “Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Pilsener,” “Oyster Stuffing Porter,” “Regular Stuffing Porter,” and “Gizzards and Giblets Doppelbock.”
“We had some mild success with our other food-themed craft beers,” explained Clump. “The ‘Quiche Lorraine Blonde Ale’ introduced at Mother’s Day did surprisingly well, and the ‘Hot Dog with Relish Hefeweizen’ brewed for Labor Day was a big success. So we decided to go all-in with Thanksgiving flavors.”
Arnie Blume, assistant manager of the Price Chopper on Congress Street in Cohoes, said the brews are expected to sell out quickly.
“These Thanksgiving-flavored beers should be a big hit with all the high-falutin’ foodies we have here in Cohoes,” Blume said. “The Watervliet and Lansingburgh stores are expecting to sell out quickly, too. People better hurry in to get some.”
Several of the new brews are getting top scores for flavor and complexity, including the “Cranberry Chutney Kolsch” and the “Sweet Potato Marshmallow Casserole Dunkelweizen,” according to early reviews by Albany Beer Snob Magazine.
A few flavors received low scores, however, including the “Green Bean Casserole IPA” and “Mushroom Gravy Biere de Garde,” which reviewers said “tastes like ass.”
Demonic Nun even plans to continue with the Thanksgiving food theme after the holiday, with offerings such as “Leftover Turkey Enchilada Saison,” “Turkey Noodle Soup Red Amber,” and a “Turkey Casserole Belgian Style Lambic.”
Those leftover-themed selections will be available in limited quantities the week following Thanksgiving.