Pairing Beer With Food

Pairing beer with the fine cuisine has recently come to the attention of many eating establishments as they try to cater to the 90's micro-brew crowd. No longer is wine considered the only drink fit for a succulent entree. You too can bring this art form into your own home with a few simple tips.

Much like wine, you must consider the style of cuisine and the predominant flavors in a dish. Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • Deep savory flavors, such as a dry-rubbed steak, can be balanced by a sweeter beer, such as a German Dopple-bock or cream stout. For the opposite effect, some like a dry Irish stouts here as well, but I would recommend a porter to avoid strong bitter flavors.
  • Barbeque chicken, especially tomato based sauces, can be complemented by Hefe-weizen (wheat beer) where the citrus flavors show through.
  • For more subtle fish or pork dishes, a nice Czech style pilsner, with crisp, hoppy notes will spice up the palate between bites.
  • The yeasty belgian beers can have a bread-like flavor, which work well with fruit and cheese.

Keep in mind that hops can often make a beer extremely bitter. Bitter flavors hit a very specific part of the toungue and can linger in your throat.

Knowing your beer before pairing it with any recipe is half of the fun. Purchase several varieties and try them all! Better yet, you could brew your own beer exactly how you would like it... but that is for another article.

Norman Adams Lariviere, Brew Chef, has been creating gourmet cuisine for over 12 years, incorporating over 25 batches of his home-brewed beers into every recipe. He has recently launched a website Brew and Chew to share his recipes and pass on his home-brewing experiences.

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Knoxville News Sentinel

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Eric Gilliland of Purple Wine + Spirits in west Sonoma County wins a North Bay Business Journal Forty Under 40 award.

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The Tennessean

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Downtown Louisville's newest wine shop — with its green-tinted windows and burnt orange furniture — looks like it was transplanted straight from the Miami strip. But instead of beach bums wandering in from the sand to grab a bottle of pinot on their ...


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Harrods opens lavish fine wine and spirits rooms
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London luxury department store Harrods has opened its fine wine and spirits rooms, which include interactive features such as an 'aroma table' and were reportedly a 'multi-million pound' investment for the retailer. Harrods Fine Wine Spirits rooms. The ...
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Premium Sweet Spot Propels Portfolio Gains For Trinchero
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Trinchero Family Estates, the fourth-largest wine marketer in the U.S., sells more than 17 million cases annually, with its Sutter Home brand accounting for more than 10 million cases, according to Impact Databank. But while Sutter Home continues to ...


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•Montelobos Mezcal, imported by William Grant & Sons, is set to launch a new expression, Tobalá, this July. Retailing at $80 a 750-ml., Montelobos Tobalá is billed as having a more prominent green agave profile with milder smoke, wood, and cooked agave ...


Algodon Wines & Luxury Development Group Partners with Wally's Wine and Spirits for California Distribution
Marketwired (press release)
In December of 2017, Algodon Fine Wines began selling at both the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Wally's locations as well as on their website, www.wallywine.com. A formal Algodon launch dinner will be held in Los Angeles in late May for Algodon Fine ...

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AB InBev Dips Its Toe Into Spirits, E-Commerce With Atom Group Purchase
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