Sound Brewery's Tripel Entendre, 22 ounces of honeyed sweetness. Photo courtesy of J. Mark Hood

Steve Little, certified cicerone and native Seattleite with “a serious passion for beer,” tends bar and serves at Bottleworks and the Burgundian Tavern. He had no qualms about pursuing certification as a cicerone—which trains candidates in every area of beer from sales, to history, to tasting and food pairing, to production—because it gave him great skills for work...and “an excuse to drink some great beer while studying.”

So Steve, what will you be pouring on Thanksgiving? 

"The beer I will be serving to my friends and family is Sound Brewery's Tripel Entendre, a Belgian-style tripel. Thanksgiving is a classic American meal, so I recommend a classic style of beer to go along with it.

This beer has both the flexibility and intensity to mesh with any dishes your family members may bring over and it's a guaranteed winner with the most important dish of all, turkey.

The aroma is spicy and fruity with clean malt and a dash of hops. It’s a complex, smooth, easy drinking beer, despite the 9.9 percent alcohol content. It is well balanced and dry, with a honeyed sweetness that counteracts the alcoholic intensity. This is an elegant beer that will satisfy the toughest foodie without breaking the bank."

Find it  Whole Foods (South Lake Union), Bottleworks, Ballard Market, and other specialty beer retailers. (The price for the 22-ounce bottle ranges from $7.49 to $9.99.)

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