Beer and Food Pairings You Can Do At Home

A lot of homebrewers decide to brew their own beer because they’re searching for a quality product that they can call their own. That’s why it’s no big surprise that a lot of homebrewers are also avid foodies.

Homebrewers and food lovers both have a passion for tastes and flavors that just work.

While wine has often been thought of as the ideal medium for food pairing, more and more people are realizing that beer can also be an ideal companion (I found this out in college over a large pizza and case of Busch Light).

 

Here are 5 beer and food pairings that you can do at home.

 

1. IPA and a Spicy Curry

 

 

 

 

India Pale Ales pair extraordinarily well with spicy foods. One of my favorite combinations is pairing a strong hoppy ale like Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo with some Indian takeout.

Even if you’re not a fan of really spicy food, the pairing still works with mild-to-medium spice dishes.

If you’re looking for a dessert to go with this meal, try some sort of spiced cake or cookie, mmmm….


2. American Wheat and Light Seafood

 

 

 

 

For those of us in the New England area, seafood dishes are commonplace during the summer time. But even if you’re not from New England, cooking up a whole bunch of mussels is a pretty simple dish.

Next time you do, trying pairing some steamed mussels with an American Wheat with a slice of lemon. You’ll be amazed at how well these two go together. The mussels really help to bring out the citrus notes in the beer. I’m ordinarily not a big wheat beer drinker, but I always try and pick up a six pack if I’m cooking mussels or steamers.

Keep in mind, this pairing works best with lighter seafood dishes. You probably want to avoid stronger seafood dishes like salmon or lobster.


 3. Porter and Slow-Roasted Beef

 

 

 

 

This has to be one of my favorite combinations for deep winter nights, two awesome and comforting indulgences. Add in a fireplace and I’m good for the night.

There’s a common misconception that darker beers aren’t good for drinking with food because they fill you up more. This simply isn’t true. That full feeling just comes from over-indulgence.

Next time you’re roasting some beef in the oven, make sure to give this combo a try.


4. Amber and Smoked Ribs

Once again, this is another style of beer that I’m normally not super fond of. However, once you pair a good amber ale with most smoked meats, its flavor really comes out.

I am personally partial to Ribs, but any sort of smoked meat (or even cheese) would work pretty well. If you’re hosting some sort of beer tasting dinner, a smoked gouda and amber ale course would be dynamite.

Sometimes smoking isn’t even necessary as a lot of BBQ already contains that smoky flavor. Give it a shot.


5. ESB and Roast Chicken

 

 

 

 

This is such a classic pairing across the pond. Once you try it, you’ll see why.

Chicken can often be overpowered by stronger beers like IPAs or Pale Ales.

Despite their name, most bitters aren’t actually all that bitter. Because of this, they tend to go best with milder dishes. A whole roasted chicken is not only easy to prepare, it’s downright delicious and can easily turn into 2-3 different meals. Try it with a Redhook ESB.


Are there any other food and beer pairings that you’re particularly fond of?

 

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