Chef Jessica’s Thanksgiving Recs

The funny paradox about the new world holiday is that for the most part, old world beers pair best. A lot of the American hopped beers are a tad heavy in flavors to pair with the traditional Thanksgiving meal. With that said, I’m a firm believer that you should drink what you like regardless of what others say.
However, if you are lucky enough to go on a growler crawl through the Los Angeles area a few days before Thanksgiving, here are a list of local recommendations:


TAPS Fishouse & Brewery

Roggen, Saison and of course Biere de Garde are all matches for the full Thanksgiving experience. The Roggen would be particularly good with Turkey.
TAPS Fishouse & Brewery
101 East Imperial Highway  Brea, CA 92821
(714) 257-0101
http://www.tapsfishhouse.com/brea/

Ladyface Ale

Tripel and La Blonde are both easy drinking and would be great with traditional sides. The Weizenbock would be complex and interesting with a crispy brown turkey and rich stuffing, yum!
Ladyface Ale Companie – Alehouse & Brasserie
29281 Agoura Road  Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 477-4566
http://www.ladyfaceale.com/ontap.html

Cismontane

If you need the ultimate match for a pecan pie, make the trek to Cismontane in Orange County for Black’s Dawn – This mild dark beer has inherent sweetness and would make the perfect match with the sweetest of pies. If you’re lucky you might find bottles at your local beer/wine shop of the barrel-aged version, now that’s a treat!

Cismontane Brewing Co
29851 Aventura Ste D  Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 888-2739
http://cismontanebrewing.com/ 

Eagle Rock Brewery

You can head to Eagle Rock Brewing for Equinox to start with hors de ouvres, or Libertine to pair with your main courses.
Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 Roswell Street  Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 257-7866
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/groups

It’s a little more work but all said and done, pick a pretty day – check the websites for hours, put a cooler in the car and visit the breweries for your growlers. The beers will be fresh and delicious when consumed, besides the growlers make a great center piece
Cheers,
Jessica Christensen

About Jessica Christensen

CITY TAVERN Chef de Cuisine Jessica Christensen Jessica Christensen is no stranger to the Rush Street family, where she has worked as sous-chef at the upscale neighborhood bar and lounge before being promoted to Chef de Cuisine at City Tavern. Her culinary background may be steeped in fine-dining (Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel/Studio at Montage/Tracht’s), but Christensen’s approach to food is simple: less is more. And while her dishes may appear effortless, she relies on technique and flavors to showcase subtle complexities. She majored in fine arts and art philosophy but quickly realized that purchasing art for wealthy collectors wasn’t fulfilling. She enrolled in culinary classes and one day, walked into the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, landed a job and worked her way up at every station in the kitchen. It wasn’t long before The Studio at Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach beckoned. Now, Christensen will take her philosophy of seasonal, ingredient-driven cuisine to City Tavern. At home, Christensen said she loves to cook a mish-mash of food that reflects her Lebanese and Southern upbringing. She has a soft-spot for pickles, Lebanese food, and fun vegetables like artichokes, charred broccoli and cauliflower.

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