BEER PAIRING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, AND YEAR-ROUND
you're sitting down for a traditional family dinner, preparing an
elaborate appetizer spread, or gathering with friends for an amazing
bottle share this holiday season, there are a few basic tips you can
use to pair your foods with beer that will compliment and enhance any
Here are some suggestions to help you wow your guests with your pairing
1) MATCH INTENSITY
A mismatch in intensity is one of the quickest ways to detract
from your food or your beer, by having one overwhelm the other. The more
intense or subtle the flavours of the food, the more intense or subtle
the beer needs to be.
2) START WITH WHAT WORKS
In cooking or wine pairing,
people often talk about classic flavour or style combinations, and beer
pairing is no different. Try pairing a Pale Ale with Cheddar
Cheese, or a German Wheat Ale with Bratwurst. Be creative and see how you
can create some great dishes that incorporate some tried-and-true
3) SOME FOODS AND BEERS ARE
MORE FLEXIBLE AND FORGIVING
Beer and fried food are pub
staples for a reason, so why mess with a good thing? The greasy decadence
of fried food just begs to be paired with the refreshing carbonation of
beer, and there are more than a handful of styles that will do the trick.
The light complexity of Saisons makes them an amazing counterpart
for a wide variety of foods, from first to last course.
4) ALAS, SOME FOODS AND
BEERS ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO PAIR
In contrast to the
suggestions above, there are certain types of food and beer that will be
challenging no matter how long you've been doing it, such as Tomatoes or
Imperial style beers. Either save them for a later date when you
feel more comfortable in your pairing abilities, or go in with an open
mind and a few friends to bounce ideas off of!
Which leads us to our next point...
5) BE OPEN MINDED AND TRY THINGS
Sit down and try the foods
and beers that you're considering pairing! It can be helpful to
gather a variety of ingredients to test different flavours against
Try starting with the beers
you'd like to serve, and testing them against a wide variety of
ingredients, sauces, herbs and spices. Create your dishes based on
the combinations that appealed to you most. If you've got a special
bottle that you're saving for the occasion, try using a similar style for
Alternatively, prepare small samples of the food you plan to
serve, and taste it alongside a few beers you thing may work well.
Be open minded and try your beers and dishes with some
"wildcards" as well! You'll be surprised by what does and
doesn't work. It's hard work, but someone's gotta do it...
HAM, TURKEY, PIE, FRUITCAKE...
WHAT SHOULD YOU PAIR?
BierCraft Owner, Don Farion, put together a list of his
favourite holiday beer pairings, including suggestions for great local
Craft Beers to try.
From Turkey to Fruitcake, North Van to New Westminster, he's got you
covered! CHECK OUT HIS LIST
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if you follow me on instagram or twitter (@beernesday) you'll have already seen all my photos from the moa brewing beer pairing dinner at the pumphouse taproom last friday night but for those of you who haven't yet followed me, here are a few: prawn and plantain pakoras flat bread, veggie and meaty options as always the food was great and paired well with the beers i really liked the moa beers - first time i'd had them and i'm now a fan! thanks pumphouse!