Beer and Food, Food and Beer
The wine lobby would have us believe that food pairs best with wine. It’s time to change that notion.
Yes, wine is a good match with food but so is beer! Take chocolate. A port wine pairs well with dark chocolate but an IPA is equally delicious with white chocolate.
The wine-cheese duo is pretty well known but do you know that beer’s carbonation and the higher proportion of water (than wine) helps cleanse the palate while trying out more robust flavours of cheese?
While pairing beer with food, always keep in mind to match the strength of beer with the strength of the flavour in your food.
Time to move on from the tried and tested beer-burger combo. Here are some pairings we recommend that you ought to try:
During the British era, since beer could not be brewed in hot climate, the British exported the beer. The brew was strong and more hopped to preserve it for the long trip to India.
Typically, an IPA has golden to amber body. It has beautiful floral and citrusy aroma with a hoppy flavour.
Pairing: Blue Cheese
The flavour intensity of the blue cheese holds well against the hoppy flavour of an IPA. The fat coating in the mouth from the cheese gets washed down by the beer.
eg: Summersault – Gateway Brewing Co.
Shepherd Neame IPA – Shepherd Neame Ltd
Don’t judge a beer by its colour!
Stouts and porters get their colour and flavour from the dark and roasted malts. While porters are medium to dark brown, stouts are darker brown to black with a rich, creamier feel than porters. These beers have a characteristic chocolaty, raisin, coffee flavours
Pairing: Dark Chocolate
Sweetness of the stout and porter compliments the sweetness of the chocolate. Dark chocolate brings out the chocolaty notes of the beer wonderfully.
eg: Black Mamba – Brewbot
Guinness Draught – Guinness Ltd.
Dunkelweizen is a type of German wheat beer. Dunkelweizen is German for ‘dark wheat’. The beer has the usual clove and banana characters
Pairing: Tandoori Chicken
Spices of the Tandoori Chicken add a wonderful dimension to the Dunkel. On its part, the wheat beer cuts down the spiciness of the tandoori chicken.
eg: Doppelganger – Gateway Brewing Co.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel – Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Hefeweizen is probably the most famous style of German wheat beer. This style has a cloudy, unfiltered appearance due to the presence of yeast in it. The yeast is responsible for the bubblegum notes along with clove and banana aroma.
Pairing: Thai Curry
Hefeweizen helps to wash down the heat of the Thai Curry lingering on the tongue.
eg: Halcyon – The White Owl
Erdinger Weissbier – Erdinger Weissbräu
Kölsch was first brewed in Cologne, Germany. It is brewed with very pale malts and a warm-fermenting yeast and is then lagered at cool temperature. This type of beer has a smooth, fruity flavour profile
Pairing: Pork Ribs
Kölsch pairs well with any barbecued meat. Naturally, pork ribs are an excellent combination with a glass of chilled Kölsch. The beer brings down the spiciness of the meat. Great way to enjoy a picnic – pint of chilled Kölsch and sumptuous barbecued pork ribs
eg: Skywalker – Brewbot
Gaffel Kölsch – Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
Belgian Wits are wheat beers from Belgium. These beers are cloudy and lemony in colour. As compared to their German counterparts, Belgian wits are less intense in terms of aroma and flavour. This beer is a perfect company for a hot, sunny day
Sushi’s delicate fish flavours are beautifully showcased by the light, citrusy flavour of the Belgian wit.
eg: Flying Pig – The Barking Deer
Bira 91 White – Cerana Beverages
You can try out all these different styles of beer through the Hipcask Craft Beer Passport. And the best part is that Passport users get to enjoy the beers at almost half the rates than what is available at the brewpubs. Buy the Beer Passport now before it sells out!