Pairing Food and Beer
Many beer lovers enjoy a cold can of their favorite beverage while watching a game at home, but pairing food and beer can take this enjoyment to new heights. Beer is made with a wide variety of ingredients from water, grains, hops and yeast, which can be used to complement or contrast with certain foods to create unique and interesting combinations.
Pairing food and beer is easy to do if you understand a few basic principles. The most common method is to complement flavors, which pairs food with beer that enhances the flavor of the meal. For example, fatty fish like sablefish or tuna pair well with heavy beers such as stouts that have strong and rich flavors. Light beers, such as a pale ale or wheat beer, pair nicely with salads and fish that have light and delicate tastes. Fruity desserts such as fruit tarts go well with a variety of beers including light and wheat beers, witbier, or even lambic.
More and more people are turning to beer as an ingredient in cooking, too. Not only can it be used to make sauces and marinades, but it can also be added to soups and stews for richness and flavor. It can also be used to steam seafood and vegetables, and it can be drizzed over fresh fruits and desserts. Using beer as an ingredient can help to add complexity to meals and can open up a whole new world of cuisine a la biere.