Backyard BBQs, game-day gatherings, and casual parties of all kinds require good food and good beer; good beer will make good food better, and vice versa. Today’s beers provide complex and fascinating flavors and features. They comprise of subtle and robust accents that pair splendidly with food, sometimes even better than wine does, inviting party goers to venture beyond recreational-focused drinking and into the arena of sophisticated party mingling.
Beer sommeliers have also emerged in cities across the country, giving the impression that beer could actually be a more food-friendly drink than wine, probably due to the greater flavor variety. When pairing food and beer, the most important thing is to match the flavors. Here are a few examples:
Cheese, pizza, mackerel, sandwiches and Lager
Cheese and wine is a universally-recognized pair, but many people are yet to discover that beer is actually a great match for cheese. Wine tends to cover up some flavors in cheese. Carbonation in beer, on the other hand, creates a lighter acidity in seasoned pizzas and raises fat in the cheese off your palate. Additionally, the hops in lagers scrub your taste-buds between bites, allowing you to experience the flavor of both food and beer afresh each time you bite.
Burger, lamb, chicken and Amber Ale:
Foods with strong flavors tend to overwhelm light beers. So, for these meats, a heavier brew with hops, like amber ale, can match that taste, while helping to lower cholesterol and avert blood clotting.
Beef, pork, sausage and Brown Ales like Farmhouse Ale
Beer sommeliers claim that European beers taste fantastic with meat cooked in European styles. The same concept can be transferred to other cuisines to complement the undertones in each. For instance, Mexican cerveza with tacos and Asian beer with sushi are good matches.
Egg, green salad with Belgian white ale (white beer)
Lighter wheat beers with lots of citrus make greens taste fresher and through the richness of hollandaise sauce or yolks.
Fruit, chocolate with Porter, Stout, or Flavoured Lambics
The idea is to try chocolates and fruits with equally sweet beers. You can make any number of combinations, like cherry lambic with chocolate.
You may also want to combine sushi with 100 percent malt beer. There are three things you need to remember when matching beer with food: match strength to strength; find flavor and aroma harmonies; and consider beer and food qualities, like sweetness, bitterness, spice (heat), carbonation, and richness.