A Beer Lover’s Guide For The Summer
Summer seasonal craft beers are in full force. The light, fruity flavors line grocery store shelves and you can typically find a couple of local brewery options at your favorite Pawleys Island restaurant or bar. Summer hasn’t started until you enjoy a beach day sipping a crisp, cool beer or sample a few seasonal favorites at Chive Blossom’s bar. Even if you’re not a big beer fan, or you prefer your crafts dark and rich, there are so many summer craft styles, you’re sure to find one that pairs perfectly with a great steak or seafood dish from a great restaurant in Pawleys Island.
The Beer Basics
If you’re unfamiliar with the family of craft beers, we’ll break it down into the two major classifications, and then explain which craft you should choose based on your flavor preferences.
- Ales: Ale beers are the historic choice – dating back to backyard barbecues since before the Middle Ages – and are fermented at warmer temperatures. This group includes Pale and Brown Ales. This is the beer type for rich, stout drinkers.
- Lagers: A lighter, more refreshing style is the lager. This beer is cold fermented, generally has a lighter color and texture, and includes beers from the Bock family.
Nearly any Pawleys Island bar will have a selection from both beer families, so let’s talk beer pairing so you know which summer craft to choose when you have a meal out at one of the best reviewed restaurants in Pawleys Island.
If Your Beer Was A Glass Of Wine
If you typically ask for the wine menu at a Pawleys Island restaurant, we’ll compare a traditional wine list to popular summer beers to give you a taste of something new. If you order:
- Light body wines: For those who drink Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, or Sauvignon Blanc, a good beer choice would be a Lager, Wheat, or Pilsner – light, refreshing flavors that are easy to drink.
- Medium body wines: For those who drink Merlot, Syrah, or Zinfandel, opt for an Ale, Bock, or IPA summer beer. Most bars in Pawleys Island have a wide selection of these beers.
- Heavy body wines: For the Cabernet Sauvignon, Oaky Chardonnay, or Malbec drinkers, try out a Barleywine, Porter, or Stout beer. You’ll get the rich flavor you love – perfect for pairing with a summer bar-b-que.
What Do I Eat With Beer?
Sometimes the only thing you need to pair with a great summer beer is sunshine and good company, but if you’re in the mood for a bite to eat, here’s what to order at your favorite Pawleys Island restaurant.
- Ale: Great with game day foods like burger, buffalo wings, cheese dip or fried foods. Also goes well with spicy dishes, pizza, and Asian cuisine.
- Bock: Go spicy with a traditional Bock. Pair this beer with Cajun foods, sausage, jerk chicken, or Swiss cheese.
- Lager: Order a Lager at a Pawleys Island seafood restaurant and you won’t be disappointed. This beer pairs well with light seafood, shellfish, or shrimp pasta.
- Porter: Smoked food brings out the flavor of a Porter, so go with a sausage, any dish with bacon or barbecue.
- Stout: This is a fantastic dessert beer! Enjoy it with chocolate, mousse desserts, or a toffee flavored cake.
Even if you’re not a beer fan, summer offers so many choices, you’re sure to find one you’ll enjoy. Ask your Pawleys Island bartender for their recommendation if you’re not sure where to start.