The ancient art of food and beer matching has been going on for millennia in various forms. From early versions of the amber liquid created by happy accident right through to the fruit infused Berliner Weisses’s of today beer has always been enjoyed with food.
While much has been written about food and wine matching. Much more (in our opinion) can be written about beer and food. With the ever-increasing range of hop varieties and new exciting combinations of hops, malt, yeast and water created around the world, it is a great time to enjoy beer and food.
Some people suggest that you should match beer and food like you would wine and food. Treating an ale like a red wine and a lager like a white. This seems like an overly simplistic view but is a good starting point when pairing food with beer at home.
We believe that combinations of flavours and the balance between the meal and the beer is the most important thing with beer and food pairing. For example, a lighter sweet meat like pork pairs well with a medium body slightly darker beer like an amber ale. A mid-high IBU in the high 30’s will help bring out some of those flavours from the pork.
Another example would be our Seis Hermanos Lager with its long malt flavour and subtle hop character pairing well with a flavoursome Mexican meal. Something like spicy quesadillas and nachos with a fresh can of Seis Hermanos are a perfect combination on a Saturday afternoon.
One of best things about the craft beer industry in comparison to wine is that not many people take themselves too seriously. This means that really there is no wrong answer when pairing meals. If you enjoy it and it works for you that is all you need.