Which Beer Pairs Best With Different Dinners?
While you may think of wine as the pairing beverage for foods, beer is not to be undersold its versatility and endless flavors can enhance any meal. If you don’t want to worry about pairing a specific meat with the right brew, generally speaking, lighter beers go with light dishes – pilsner with white fish – and heavy beers pair best with heavier meals – stout with a ribeye. Whether you’re planning to entertain or just visit one of your favorite restaurants in Pawleys Island, here are some great beer and meal pairings.
India Pale Ale
A hoppy, light beer will cut through the heat of spicy dishes. An India Pale Ale is a refreshing beer, especially during the summer months, that pairs well with Cajun or curry dishes. The beer is light so the meat should follow suit.
Off the Chive Blossom Menu: Pair the Green Man IPA with our Favorite Noodles dish
Brown Ales don’t get the attention they deserve. This versatile beer has a rich, nutty flavor that brings out the robust flavors in smoked meat. Try a traditional Brown Ale with a grilled meat, but keep in medium rare to enjoy the savory flavors of the meat.
Off the Chive Blossom Menu: Pair the River Rat Hazelnut Brown with our Fillet, barrel cut
An English Brown Ale offers less intense flavors with caramel, nut, and toast undertones. Pair this smooth brew with a milder meat, like grilled sausage or pork chops.
Off the Chive Blossom Menu: Pair the Hob Goblin Dark English Ale with our Pork Shank Osobucco
A Duvel is still seen as the reference among strong golden ales. Its bouquet is lively and tickles the nose with an element of citrus which even tends towards grapefruit thanks to the use of only the highest-quality hop varieties. This is also reflected in the flavor, which is beautifully balanced with a hint of spiciness. Golden Strong Ales are some of the most exhilarating, yet challenging beers to pair with food. Golden Ales tend to pair well with veggies, salads comprised of spicy greens like arugula, or lighter meats such as poultry or fish. Spice these meats sparingly as the spices in the beer can add another layer of complexity to any dish.
Off the Chive Blossom Menu: Try pairing the Duvel Golden Ale with our Chive Blossom Chopped Salad
A refreshing finish comes with this hoppy, bitter beer. A Pilsner is a great choice for fish steaks like a thick slice of salmon or tuna. It also pairs well with lighter meats like a grilled chicken or sausage.
Off the Chive Blossom Menu: Pair the Pilsner Urquell with our Mediterranean Salmon
A thick, robust beer with strong notes of coffee and chocolate, pairs well with heavy meals. A stout is a strong, bitter beer that, contrary to what you may expect, pairs well with ice creams and toffee flavored desserts.
Off the Chive Blossom Menu: Pair the Guinness with our Shrimp and Scallops
From amber ales to a hearty stout, a flavorful beer can bring out the robust tastes of any meal. Understanding which beer best compliments your meal will allow you to savor each aspect of your dinner.