You can up your barbecue game by several notches by just putting a little more thought — to the kind of beer you offer with food.
Because just as a carefully selected wine can enhance the flavours of certain foods, a thoughtfully chosen beer can do the same, bringing you culinary street cred and making your barbecue parties the invite of the season.
At a recent conference organised by the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago, Blue Moon Brewing Company founder Keith Villa offered a few tips on the kinds of beers that pair well with different foods.
Here are a few guidelines to consider:
Hot dogs and hamburgers: Go with a light lager or bohemian pilsner
Barbecue, braised beef dish, and desserts with chocolate and vanilla: Stouts brewed with dark chocolate stand up nicely to these strong flavours.
Grilled steak: The carbonation and acidity found in amber ales and Imperial Irish red ales cut through the fat of the steak, enhancing the flavour of the meat.
Barbecue, French toast, vanilla and apple desserts: Holiday beers, brewed with cinnamon.
Poultry, pork, seafood dishes, and spicy meals like Buffalo chicken wings, Mexican and Thai fare: Belgian white.
Game meats and desserts: Fruit beers, such as a Belgian-style raspberry brew.
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