What do you like to pair beer with?
Everything should be fair – or fare – game since beer is an excellent pairing partner.
Here are some ideas for you today.
1. Beer and breakfast. The secret of pairing and tasting at any time is quantity: keep it small. Breakfast is an ideal time of day to taste as our senses are well rested and ready to serve. Plan a breakfast or brunch of sweet fruit topped waffles with savory sausage. Pair the plate with a smooth and low alcohol Belgian or Wit beer. The yeast and wheaty contributions complement the meal very well.
2. Beer and cheese. It should be it’s own course, of course. With many a resource to echo this sentiment and many resources to explore, my go to is Janet Fletcher. Her life experiences and savvy are the best guide. She’s got plenty of excellent easy to utilize books as well – I’ve got the yogurt one on my shelf (gets used a lot!). She’s got the chops, is a straight shooter and tuns of fun. You’ll learn a lot, much to the happiness of your tastebuds.
3. Beer and dessert. This is still a new idea to many. Desserts with beer or desserts paired with beer or desserts made with beer – they all qualify. Use beer when baking chocolate cakes, put a few tablespoons in malted milkshakes, use it in the crust of a tart. Then be sure to pair beer with desserts. The beer world is overflowing with flavor choices: when you find one you like, note it. If you taste one you don’t, move on to the next.
4. Beer and fish & shellfish. These natural partners are truly meant to be together. With the unlimited rainbow of possibilities from the fermenters and from the water, try try try! In my work with Port Orford Sustainable Seafood, I’ve experimented a lot and found many pleasing combinations, opportunities and am spurred on to keep going…which I will!
The key to enjoying beer and food is to try. When you discover magic, note it and then keep trying other things. Figure out your stalwart Go-To’s (never a favorite) and keep looking, cooking, and tasting.
Beer and life go well together. Enjoy it in moderation, savor the flavors, and start sipping!