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A guide to pairing craft beer with food

Who said food pairing was just for wine? Here's a step-by-step guide to pairing your favourite craft beers with summer food.

A guide to pairing craft beer with food

We are all familiar with pairing wine with food but the growing, and ever-more influential, craft beer market has seen a rise in the desire to pair beer with food. Here we offer some suggestions on the best beers for different types of dishes.

SEAFOOD

seafood

The delicate flavours of most seafoods are best paired with a fruity or spicy beer – think a Belgian wheat beer or Geman Hefeweizen. The fruity characteristics of these beers will bring out the salinity in seafood while also cleansing the palate.

PORK

pork

The intensity, and often fatty nature, of pork can stand up to a strong tasting beer – think a hoppy and bitter Indian Pale Ale – the alcohol can also help cut through any fatty residue left in your mouth creating an overall better mouth feel.

BEEF AND LAMB

beef

Try the rich flavours of red meats such as beef and lamb with a sour or tart beer such as an American Brett or Belgian-style Flanders – combing the rich flavours of the meat with a sour beer brings out umami (savoury taste) and an earthy taste in the centre of the palate.

CHEESE

cheese

It depends on what cheese you might be eating – lighter tasting cheeses such as brie are better paired with a fruitier beer, such as a Belgian wheat beer, for a blue cheese try something with a deep, sweet taste such as an English Ale, for mozzarella try something clean and crisp, like a pilsner.

BEANS/LEGUMES

beans

Try something malty and sweet with beans and legumes – something like an English Ale or a Belgian wheat beer – the food will add richness to the taste of the beer.

 

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