Rogue Nation picks Turkey as official bird

With an eye toward Thanksgiving, the Turkey has been named the official bird of the Rogue Nation.

An e-mail missive from the Rogue News Service explains:

To commemorate this momentous occasion Rogue Juniper Pale Ale has been dedicated to “the turkey in each of us.” An axe and the dedication have been added to the serigraphed 22oz bottles and Juniper Pale Ale tap stickers.

The Pilgrims were ale drinkers and most likely enjoyed beer at the first Thanksgiving. According to the Nation’s Department of Agriculture turkey is not just for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s table but is honored daily by consumption. Even if some do not eat turkey the bottle is a perfect gift for their turkey friends.

According to Garrett Oliver, author of the “Brewmaster’s Table”, the question most often posed to sommeliers is “What wine goes best with turkey dinner?” The answer, he says, is beer!

Under those conditions it isn’t clear how turkeys might feel about this “honor.”