You’ve probably seen the t-shirt or sign in a bar that says “Beer. It’s what’s for dinner”. Yes it’s funny, but these days it couldn’t be more true.
With the rise of craft beer in the United States, there are more beer tastings and beer dinners than ever before. Beer drinkers are taking a few notes from the wine industry and honestly, we have way more to offer in terms of food pairings and recipes.
There are a few simple rules that you can follow when pairing food and beer to make even the simplest meal a magical experience.
Make sure you keep bold beers with bold foods. The last thing you want to do is completely cleanse your pallet of a delicate fish with an IPA. A more subtle offering such as a Pilsner or a Kolsch would probably enhance the flavor of a delicate dish as opposed to a bold IPA.
Another thing to take into consideration is the method of preparation. Roasting or grilling meats pair well with not only Pale Ales but also Brown Ales and darker beers since roasted malts are typically used in the brew process.
You can also choose your beer and food pairing based on what characteristics balance each other out. For instance hop bitterness and roasted malts balance out sweetness and fat. Sweetness and maltiness balance out spicy heat and acidity. On the other hand, a big hop bitterness will enhance spicy foods. For some people that is a great thing, but others would prefer to balance that heat with a Truck Stop Honey.
Stay tuned to this section of our website as we will post recipes that we have used and also other food pairing suggestions that we stumble across. You are welcome to send us your recipes from your kitchen that involve our beer and we will post for everyone to see and hopefully use in the future.