There’s something about summer that just makes beer taste better. To get that perfect taste year round, we’ve put together the best beer and food pairings . Here’s a look at our top five:
1. Pilsners & Pale Lagers: ie, Stella, Grolsch, Harp, & Heineken. These easy-drinking beers taste great with lighter foods such as salads, white fish, and starches.
2. IPAs & Pale Ales: ie Dogfish Head IPA, Brooklyn East IPA, St. Ambroise Pale Ale. Packing more of a punch and a longer finish, IPAs and Pales Ales generally go well with salty, mexican, and fried foods.
3. Amber Ales: ie. Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale, Full Sail Amber Ale. Having evolved from the American Pale Ale, the Amber Ale ranges in colour from a light amber to a light brown and contains sweet caramel notes. Amber Ales go great with most BBQ foods, pizza, and wild game.
4. Brown Ales: Newcastle Brown Ale, Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, and Brooklyn Brown Ale. Generally malty with notes of caramel and chocolate, this brew tastes great paired with root vegetables and meaty stews.
5. Cream Stouts: Mackeson’s XXX Stout, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, and Samuel Adams Cream Stout. Cream stouts contain lactose, a sugar that helps balance the bitterness of the beer; perhaps for that reason, cream stouts are paired nicely with desserts.
There’s a world of beer out there to explore. Pairing them with the right foods is a fun way to enjoy the best of both worlds. For more beer inspired food pairings, check out our board Beer Pairings.
(Sources: thesavoury.com, totalwine.com, beer.about.com)