We know most commonly, when you think of pairing a beverage with food what comes to your mind is wine.
Did you know the same could also go for beer as well. It is generally theorized that if you take red meat, you should pair it with red wine. With the beer, it is said that heavy food, heavy beer, light food, a lighter beer.
If you happen to cook with beer, it’s suggested you serve the same beer mentioned in the recipe. Others prefer to use an “opposite” but you’re advised to never cook with something you would not drink.
Check below we will suggest some pairings that we have found to work quite well. We also invite you to do your own pairing as well. Make sure you have fun!
Light ales, light lagers, blond,gold ale, lighter wheat beers.These beers tend to go well with spicy food. When you torch your palate, you most likely not be able to taste the nuances and subtleties of the other more complex brews.
Wheat, Weiss & Witbier.With these you’re best advised to stick with lighter or subtler fare. Reason is because of yeast remnants in the beer. They can also go well with a dessert.
Pale lagerBeef dishes fare well Pales, blackened chicken too is a nice compliment. The pales can also compliment shrimp, crab, and light fish.
This goes quite well with brown mushroom gravy over a chicken. If your particular brown is rather hoppy, it may make a nice pair with a gamey dish. Brown ale and nut-brown ale tend to go well with beef entrées.
You can consume this with pizza; medium spicy foods or even it can be a good substitute for brown ale. Amber can be quite malty and fairly hoppy, so you’re advised to stay away from sweet items with this beer.
Dry Stouts and porterThese are exceptional with a good hearty soup/stew or a meat dish in brown gravy. Try making pancakes with stout, just to replace some or all of the water with beer.
Imperial stout and Sweet stoutThese go well with dessert combination. Pair them with chocolate to bring out the flavours in beer. We suggest a chocolate raspberry dish or a chocolate fondue. This recommended for those who love heavier desserts.
PilsnerA hoppy pilsner can enhance the flavour of a firm fish. A pilsner also goes well with fried or spicy food. Pilsners is always served well as an aperitif.
They tend to go nicely with a green salad, a raspberry vinaigrette dressing or a fruit salad. Fruit beer can also pair well with a light fruit dessert.
These will most probably overpower most foods. It is recommended you serve these alone, as you would do for brandy or cognac, possibly accompany with a cigar, while a strong cheese can be a good match as well.
check out and infographic about Beer and Food courtsey of Robert ‘Chick’ Fritz