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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving Goodies to Bring to the Table

Categories: Wine & Culinary, Family Fun

We know most people will be home next week cooking away with family and friends but just in case you want a little help, we've put together an amazing list of local goodies to bring to your Thanksgiving table. Good food (and booze) helps bring those differing personalities and opinions together. 

Local Ingredients

For fresh and local ingredients, look no further than the Bloomington Community Farmer's Market.  Bring your Thanksgiving ingredients list this Saturday and highlight the food from local farms in your holiday dishes. If you need some recipe inspiration check out their recipe archives


There are several bakeries in town specializing in pies, chocolate, bread, and more. We've got our eye on some truffles from Blu Boy and pie from Feast Rainbow Bakery has  an assortment of vegan baked goods and some beautiful cakes perfect for your spread. Cloverleaf South has some tasty homemade pies as well!

Feast Pies

Photo credit: Feast Bakery


Big Woods Brewing: Bourbon Busted

Bourbon Busted is Busted Knuckle aged in bourbon barrels. Because every Thanksgiving gathering needs a needs a bourbon barrel aged beer.

Bloomington Brewing Co: Persimmon Ale  

This brew is highly anticipated all year long and is full of fall flavor. It's packed with wild-harvested, local persimmons, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. This medium-bodied, malty ale is perfect for chilly evenings with family and friends. It's their way of paying homage to this Hoosier fruit.

Function Brewing: Gaussian Dunkelweizen.

This darker cousin of the hefeweizen gives you earthy, toasty, and chocolatey notes from the addition of dark malts.

The Tap: Red Anniversa-Rye' 

This American IPA is a bold red ale with soft rye spiciness. Features robust pine, dank and citrus hop notes.

Upland Brewing Co: Latitude Adjustment

You may not think a tropical pale ale works for Thanksgiving but I think it would go great with some coconut cake/cream pie or sweet potato pie. Or maybe just a post dinner bev for hanging around the fire.



Oliver Winery: Apple Pie Wine 

It tastes just like its dessert namesake. Win Win.

Butler Winery: Terra Rosa Reserve

This port-like wine is perfect for after dinner sipping.

oliver winery

The Hard Stuff

Cardinal Spirits: Nocino. This is another excellent after dinner sipper on its own. Want to try a cocktail? Check out their milk punch recipe with Nocino. If you're showing up early to help with prep and cooking, bring a bottle of their classic vodka to whip up bloody marys or screwdrivers. 

cardinal spirits


Need a pick me up after all that delicious food? Bring some locally roasted coffee over. For cold brew, try Uel Zing or Soma. In the mood for a rich french press? Try Hopscotch Coffee


If you're having a big family get together bring a game for some after dinner fun. The Game Preserve has all the classics plus some fun new games. We suggest the board game - Loaded Questions; it's sure to bring up some interesting conversations. 

If you don't want to cook, check out our list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Some take reservations on Thanksgiving so make sure to plan ahead!

Happy Holidays!

Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines is a Bloomington transplant by way of St. Simons Island, Georgia and is the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she's not blogging or grammin' you can find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.


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