Common Questions About Food and Beer
The craft beer movement has fueled a return to traditional styles and a renewed sense of pride in locally made food and beverage products. Pairing beer with foods is an excellent way to enjoy the versatility of this drink and can help elevate a restaurant, bar or home kitchen to new heights of culinary achievement.
Whether it’s a hearty soup or savory stew, beer can add depth to any dish and also works as an ingredient in its own right when used in sauces, marinades and dressings. It can also be used to steam meats and veggies, and even drizzled over desserts to add richness and sweetness.
Beers come in many different flavors and styles, but one thing they all have in common is their effervescence, which is produced by the fermentation process. Some beers are hoppy, bitter and crisp; others are fruity, oaky or smoky. There are beers with a distinct sour taste of lactic acid, a funky flavor from brettanomyces and some that have a thick, syrupy complexion thanks to a profusion of brewing grains. In addition to its unique taste, beer can have a wide range of mouthfeel that varies from smooth to chewy and spongy to dry. This makes pairing beer with food a complex endeavor and the key to successful pairing is understanding how each beer affects your taste buds so you can choose the perfect complement for any meal. Here are some commonly asked questions about food and beer to help you begin your journey into the world of pairings.