You wouldn’t eat chocolate with fish, would you? If you would, maybe this blog isn’t quite for you. Point being, there are some foods that go, and some that don’t. Food and drink pairings are no different, especially food and beer pairings. Learn 4 essential beer and food pairings so that next time you’re ordering a beer with your steak or want some savoury snacks with your pint, you can make the best beer and food coupling possible.
Salty Snacks and Pilsner
From pretzels to crisps, nuts or pretty much any salty snack, there’s one beer in particular you should be keeping your eye on. Savoury munches pair well with Pilsners as they help to cleanse the palate and offer a crisp, refreshing relief against the saltiness. They pair well without combatting each other, so you can enjoy both together without washing away the saltiness of the snacks or diluting the flavours of the beer.
Spicy Foods and Light Lager
When it comes to treating yourself to some of your favourite spicy food, you’ll want a beer that will combat the heat well without affecting the flavour of the food. Light Spanish or Mexican lagers have good hop content which helps to cut through the spices in the food while still letting the flavour of the beer come through. Get the right beer and it will also help to enhance flavours within the food.
Rich Meats and Stout
This one is possibly one of the more well-known beer and food pairings. Rich meats and rich beers are a match made in heaven. This means very dark ales, or preferably stouts, are your go-to for rich meats like burgers, steaks or gamey meats. The combination of the sweetness and bitterness within the stout can enrich the strong taste of the meats – which is why it’s all about finding the right stout or ale for the right meat. This one might take a few tries until you find your favourite.
Desserts and Fruit Based Beer
Not one of the most obvious of pairings, but get the right beer and you can pair it with your favourite brownie, ice cream or cheesecake. Sweet, fruit based beers complement rich, sugary flavours in fruit, chocolate and cream well – the same way dessert wines do. Try a sweet beer with your next dessert and you might find a combination of flavours you’ve never experienced before.
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Either way, next time you’re heading out to a restaurant, having a nibble at a bar or even putting on a spread for the next big BBQ – take all you’ve learnt today and put it into practice to set taste buds alight like never before… or just to show off your new beer and food pairing skills.
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