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Pairing Food and Beer

Beer, which is brewed from water, cereal grains, hops and yeast, can serve as a meal in its own right when paired with the right food. And while beer enthusiasts tend to savor their suds on their own, it is also an ingredient in many recipes and can be used as a delicious addition to soups, marinades, stews and even drizzled over desserts.

While it can be fun to experiment with pairing different foods and beer, there are some basic principles that will help you find the perfect match. Complementing flavors is the most straightforward way to pair food and beer. For example, light beers (like blonde ale) pair well with dishes that have a lighter flavor profile, like salads or fish and wheat beers are the perfect complement to desserts and fruit tarts. Contrasting flavors, on the other hand, are a bit more complex and can be a great way to showcase your foodie clout. For example, you can pair spicy foods with a bitter or sour beer to create a balance of flavor.

Light lagers have a subtle taste and are a good choice for milder dishes, like chicken or salads. These beers have a light to medium body and ABV range and get their bitterness from hops.

Dark lagers are medium-light to full bodied and have an ABV range of 5.5-7.5%. These beers have a toasty flavor with notes of caramel, toffee and nuts. These beers pairs well with grilled meats, fried chicken and hearty comfort foods such as pizza and brisket.

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