Beer and food go together like cheese and wine. Not only does wine stand up against wine in terms of flavour, pairing food and beer is as fun as doing so with wine and food.
To pair beer and food, it is all about matching flavours of the food to those of the beers. As many types of wine, you’ll find as many beers. Each brewer crafts their beer to stimulate flavours – and appetites too. Search the many types and flavours of beer at Beer52. While you’re searching for the perfect complementary food, take a look at the food delivery companies reviews close to you.
Some may raise their noses at beer pairings. Beer makers actually have more flavours to play with than winemakers’ two of grapes and wood for barrel-aging: barley, hops, yeast, spices, nuts, chocolates, fruits, and vegetables.
As we’ve mentioned, food is about flavours. The best way to pair any food and drinks (be that wine or beer) is to have a clear goal in mind of the flavours you’d like to stimulate and achieve. You can match flavours or you can create opposing flavours for interesting interactions.
With that in mind, there is no single beer that’s best with a single type of food. The variety of beer types, and the sheer numbers of craft beers – let alone combinations of food flavours – makes it difficult to settle on a list. However, it is best to select beers that will enhance the flavours of food rather than overpower it.
Different Types of Beer Tastes to Consider:
- Hoppy: This is the “bitterness” of the beer’s taste. The taste of a hoppy beer depends on when the hops were added in the brewing process: earlier in the process means a more bitter taste. Hops make the beer taste flowery and fruity.
- Bitter: Bitterness is found in many types of beer. It adds a style to a beer, differentiates it from other beers.
- Malt: This comes from the barley grain roasted before being added to the brew. It gives beer a nutty taste and a toasty aroma. It can also taste sweet and caramel-like to the palate.
- Dark: This doesn’t refer to the colour of the beer, instead to how a beer tastes. A dark beer is made with malt grain that is roasted until it reaches a dark colour. These beer types have a richer, darker taste, for a chocolate and coffee flavour.
- Light: These types of beer have a clean and crisp taste. They don’t have an overpowering flavour such as bitter, dark or malty beers.
Pair your beers and food to complement each other. Select a bold, darker beer with heavier foods. For lighter dishes, go with lighter, sweeter beers. For food with a citrus flavour, select a malt beer. Foods with a bitter flavour, pair it with a bitter beer to enhance those taste experiences. Light beers complement spicy foods, while dark beers are perfect with pizzas, hops and bitter beers with seafood, and malts with hamburgers, steaks and game meat.