In the past, if you were to ask a restaurant server in any upscale restaurant what drink to pair your food with, he would bring over a smiling wine sommelier and thus would begin your wine bottle negotiation. However, in the last couple of years there has been a paradigm shift. No longer is beer associated with football-loving, face-painting men or for simple-minded people afraid of wine. In fact, being a beer sommelier has become a fad of late. Here is our favorite beer food combinations.
Being a beer sommelier would be something wouldn’t it? If you happen to meet one, he or she will go on to tell you that beer may actually be more food-friendly than wine. While winemakers have just one ingredient to play with – grapes, beermakers can experiment with a range of ingredients like barley, hops, yeast as well as spices, nuts, chocolate, fruits, and vegetables.
Now that we have established why you may need to pass on the wine bottle the next time you are dining out, we give you 8 Food and Beer combinations you could try.
Pilsner, popularly known as “Pils,” hails from Germany and is arguably one of the most successful beer styles in the world.
What we pair with: American cheese, Salads, Salmon, Tuna, Trout, Asian food, Mexican food and Indian food.
To add that subtle touch of fruitiness, fruits are generally added to beer after they ferment.
What we pair with: Duck and pork dishes, Pickled dishes, Fruity desserts and Chocolates.
Brewed from malted barley, ale is probably the second-most popular beer style. With a sweeter, fuller-bodied and fruitier taste, ale is an FDL favourite.
What we pair with: Burgers, Buffalo wings, Asian food, Fried Food, Pizza and Steaks
Move over to the dark with Bock Beer – a rich, complex, lop hop style of lager.
What we pair with: Beef, Sausages, Seared food, Swiss Cheese, Jerk Chicken and Cajun food.
Black or chocolate malt gives the porter its dark brown color. Porters are medium-bodied beer that are often well hopped and somewhat heavily malted.
What we pair with: Barbecued Meat, Smoked food, Bacon, Chili and Braised dishes.
As you’ve obviously guessed, Wheat Beer is brewed from wheat and the strength of the beer depends on the concentration of wheat used. It’s normally lively and refreshing with a distinctive cloudy appearance.
What we pair with: Light soups and salads, Sushi, sweet and fruity Asian dishes; citrus-flavored dishes, including dessert and salad dressings.
This is the beer you would get if you asked for draught beer at a bar. Even our precious Kingfisher beers are lagers.
What we pair with: Grilled pork and chicken, not-too-heavy pasta dishes (without cream or meat sauces), Southeast Asian food, Latin food, Mexican food and spicy food.
The Hulk of beers – stouts are normally the strongest or stoutest porters produced by a brewery. And of course, they are dark.
What we pair with: Roasted foods, smoked foods, barbecued/grilled foods, salty foods, oysters, rich stews, braised dishes, chocolate and desserts.