Pairing Food and Beer
Whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests or simply enjoy a great brew, pairing food and beer is a surefire way to have your guests leave the table satisfied. It can also be a fun activity for a group of friends to get together, but it’s important to understand how different flavors interact. Using beer in cooking is a great way to bring out the flavor of many dishes, but it’s important to use only high-quality beer that won’t ruin the end result.
Beer is a drink made with water, malted barley grains and hops, but it can also contain spices, fruit or other chemicals that alter its flavor profile. The alcoholic content of beer can vary from less than 3 to 30 percent. It’s recommended that you drink beer in moderation because excessive consumption can cause a variety of health problems, including gastrointestinal distress, impaired judgement and loss of coordination.
Luckily, New York City is home to a plethora of local breweries that pair perfectly with a wide variety of dishes. From a woman-owned brewery winning over IPA haters to longtime stalwarts in the Bronx and Queens, these places offer a variety of tap options, food trucks, beer slushies and year-round backyards.