Food and Beer Pairing
Food and beer have a long tradition of pairing, but it’s often overlooked that a good beer can enhance a dish. With the right ingredients, a good beer can bring out the best in a meal and add a whole new dimension of taste.
There are a few basics to understand about the world of food and beer: The main ingredients that make up most alcoholic beverages are water, barley grain, hops, and yeast. The beer brewing process begins with malted barley grains that are fermented and brewed into beer using the appropriate brewing equipment.
Beers come in all shapes and sizes, from light lagers to dark ales. Each style of beer has a unique flavor and mouthfeel that can be paired with different kinds of food.
Pale lagers, for example, are mildly flavored and high in carbonation. They are a great food and beer pairing because they cleanse the palate and work well with most foods.
Amber ales, on the other hand, are medium-hued with a balanced hop bitterness and malty flavor. They go well with a variety of foods, including grilled and barbecued meats, salads, and seafood.
Brown ales are a little more complex than other medium-hued beers, with a malty, nutty flavor that pairs well with cheese and seafood. They’re also dry and have a slightly bitter finish that works well with many foods.
The most important rule of all is to not overpower the flavors of your dish by choosing a beer that’s too strong. For instance, a pint of Guinness with salmon would completely overpower the fish’s taste.