Autumn brings two wonderful events that provide a showcase for beer – Denver’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in September and Thanksgiving in November. I always enjoy choosing beers to complement the rich flavors of a Thanksgiving feast, and I decided to make my selections this year from award-winning brews from the 2019 GABF. This year’s GABF competition included nearly 9,500 beers from approximately 2,300 breweries, entered into 107 categories, from which 318 medals were awarded. Of those, 68 medal-winning brews from 55 breweries hailed from California, so plenty of local choices exist for your meal pairings. When pairing beers with Thanksgiving dinner, the best options fall into two categories. The first category includes beers with caramelized, roasted, malty and/or slightly sweet notes that complement the rich browned, roasted character of the meal. The other option is to select beers with extremely bright, crisp or sharp flavors that cut through the richness of the food and provide contrast and refresh the palate in between helpings. Sudwerk Brewing Co. in Davis earned silver for its Märzen Amber Lager in 2018 and progressed to gold in the 2019 American-style amber l...