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Beer isn't very dry on the whole. It usually has some sweetness and may be relatively dry, but not totally dry. There is an exception, and that is a beer fermented with Brettanomyces yeast. Usually used in a secondary fermentation, Brett yeast eats more of the residual sugars. Dry is what we want with this ribollita, specifically Wicked Weed's Serenity - a dry saison.
Sangiovese, Chianti Classico, Italy
Given the hearty nature of the soup further enriched by pecans and bread, a medium-bodied red wine with moderate tannins will pair beautifully with this dish. To keep it in the Tuscan family, I would recommend a Sangiovese, as they have a rusticity that pairs well with vegetables.