Ah, Friendsgiving. A seasonal celebration of gratitude spent with friends, food, and (our favorite part) beer. It’s likely a day where the only exercise you’re doing is lifting your fork and glass to your mouth. Don't worry, you'll have plenty of opportunities to work off the turkey and booze in the days and weeks to follow.

While Friendsgiving celebrations are always tons of fun, planning the events themselves can be stressful - especially if you're the one responsible for coordinating the beer selection for all of your friends. 

Struggling to pick local brews to compliment all the seasonal flavors your meal has to offer? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out this list before you fill your growlers or pick up cans for your Friendsgiving festivities.

For The Friend Who Says They Don't Like Craft Beer: "Overachiever," Wooden Robot Brewery

Style: Pale Ale

Color: Gold

ABV: 5.3%  

The next time you have a friend tell you they don’t like craft beer, have them try "Overachiever" from Wooden Robot Brewery. We promise you, this beer will make them change their tune. This pale ale is citrusy, hoppy, and (most of all) incredibly drinkable. From appetizers through dessert, Overachiever is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your Friendsgiving.

 

For Your Basic Friend: "Gordgeous," NoDa Brewing Company

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Color: Amber

ABV: 6.4%  

We're the first to admit it: we're absolutely basic, and we LOVE this fall brew. If your friends love pumpkin spice and everything nice, they won’t be able to get enough of "Gordgeous" from NoDa Brewing Company. This pumpkin ale is made with over 50 pounds of pumpkin and 42 pounds of brown sugar in every batch. Spices like cardamom, cloves, freshly shaven ginger, and all-spice will give your basic friends all the fall feels. 

 

For Your Coffee-Loving Friend: "Ground Up," Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

Style: Stout

Color: Deep Brown

ABV: 5.3%  

For that friend who loves coffee and beer too much to decide between the two, make sure Ground Up from Lenny Boy Brewing Co. is at your table. This stout perfectly balances the roasted flavors of coffee beans and sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, and cherry. It’s a great after-dinner beer to wash down some pumpkin pie.

 

For Your Overly Festive Friend: "Carolina Sparkle Party," Legion Brewing

Photo via @legionbrewing

Style: Sour

Color: Hazy Gold

ABV: 4.0%  

We all have that one totally extra friend that gets a little too excited for the holidays. We'll tell you right now, the only match for their festive personality is "Carolina Sparkle Party" from Legion Brewing. This Berliner-Weisse style sour is a tart German wheat beer with enough sparkle to get the party started and keep it going all night long. This superbly sour sucker is the ideal companion for every course of your Friendsgiving feast.

 

For Your Friend Who Likes It Spicy: "Jalapeno Pale Ale," Birdsong Brewing Co.

Photo via @birdsongbrewing

Style: Pale Ale

Color: Hazy Gold

ABV: 5.5%  

There’s a firecracker in every bunch. For a beer that your spiciest friend will love, make sure to serve "Jalapeno Pale Ale" from Birdsong Brewing Co. This pale ale is brewed with fresh-picked jalapenos, minus the seeds, to allow you to enjoy the taste of the peppers without the crazy kick. This unique beer is sure to add the right amount of spice to your Friendsgiving - trust us, it will make eating the traditional turkey dinner a whole new experience.

 

For The Friend Who's Only There for the Pie: "Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout," Catawba Brewing Co.

Style: Stout

Color: Deep brown

ABV: 5.4%  

What’s better than chocolate and peanut butter? Chocolate, peanut butter, and beer, of course! All your sweet-toothed friends’ mouths will be watering over the "Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout" from Catawba Brewing. Brewed with whole roasted peanuts, vanilla beans, and cacao nibs, this beer is a great way to end your Thanksgiving meal (and pairs perfectly with pie and ice cream).

 

What Will You Be Drinking at Friendsgiving This Year?

Whether you’re gathering with family, friends, or a little bit of both this holiday season, we want to know what beer brings you holiday cheer! Let us know which beers you’re celebrating the holidays with for a chance to be featured on our Instagram. Post a photo of your Friendsgiving brews using the hashtag #workforyourbeer.