The Bottles You Bring

norman-rockwell With the holidays upon us, there is no sense to do anything other than give into the opulent temptations of the season. The food, the drink, the company of others. Dinners that stretch into long nights, arguments over valid words in Scrabble, and conversations that end with one wondering if they finally just go to bed or start making breakfast. It is, after all, the year’s end. A time for reflection and contemplation – all of which is done best with a fine drink in hand.p

Yes, imbibe now dear friends. For in a few months many of you will attempt something foolish, such as a “resolution” that will leave you thin and depressed.

To make the best of the holiday meals, pair with booze that only serves to elate the flavors and the mood – beer. For far too long there has been a domination of wine at the dinner table as if the narrow bottle and brittle stemware were the only thing capable of bringing an air of class to your family’s table. However, this is your family. These are your friends. Why are you still trying to impress them? Wine is really good at doing two things: staining tablecloths and allowing people to look like assholes as they try to work in the word “peat” and “peppercorn” into their appreciation of what turns out to be a bottle of Yellowtail. The only difference I can usually pick out in wines is the severity of headache I wind up with the following morning.

Beer, though. Beer is awesome because it can pretty much taste like anything, as well as  have any kind of gravity, color, fragrance and deserves a spot at the finest tables next to the most complicated dishes imaginable. So this year, forgo the vino and grab a bomber. At the very least, introducing a new beer might convince your Uncle Larry to not grace the table with a silver can of Coors Light.

So, what does one bring to the table that is both complimentary and accessible? Being a website that promotes all things local, we suggest you sport something from one of your local breweries. On the following pages are a few suggestions of things to bring. Keep in mind, though, that supply meets demand and kegs have been known to kick it at any moment. Find yourself up a creek in terms of availability? Ask the brewer what they are bringing to this year’s table.

About David Pennington

Denver based writer and editor. Managing Editor of Denver Off The Wagon. Usually up to some kind of delinquency. Photos of dogs, beer, and gnarly knee scars over at

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