With the resurgence of the craft beer movement in America- more and more restaurant owners, chefs and bar owners are taking pride in their beer selection and even going out of their way to recommend food & beer pairings on their menus. Drink menus at up-scale restaurants are no longer relegated to a massive wine collection alone, and often times will include a decent selection of quality craft beers to choose from as well! And why shouldn’t they? With a massive list of different beer styles, ingredients and varying brewing methods – beer brings a whole new spectrum of flavors to the table. (you see what I did there?)
Beer & Food Pairing Guide
*guide coming soon*
In the mean time, Please check out craftbeer.com’s Guide. It’s a great visual guide for beer and food pairing information.
For The Non Believers...
If I can be honest with you – I enjoy a good beer as much as the next guy, but never really understood the whole whole food + beer pairing thing. In fact, I kind of regarded the whole thing as just a bit too ‘beer snobbish’ for me to really get behind. I think its probably safe to say that I’m not alone here, While I can certainly appreciate a complex beer – I (wrongly) assumed that the whole beer and food pairing thing wasn’t for me. I liked IPA’s, and dammit I was going to order myself an IPA with my meal.
And then, not too long ago – my entire perspective changed.
I was out eating breakfast with my fiance’ at one of our favorite restaurants, and for the first time I noticed that their menus also had beer suggestions to go with each and every menu item. Fairly impressed with their beer and food already as an established customer – I figured “ah what the hell, I’ll try one of their recommended beers today”. And as much as I love myself a good IPA or Belgium style beer, I’ll be damned if I didn’t enjoy that fruity witbier with my breakfast!
Chances are that if you enjoy a certain style of beer, it is going to taste great with just about everything. The bottom line here is that there is no wrong answer, you’re an adult – order what you want. That being said – experimenting with different beer styles and food will often give you a new found appreciation for a style of beer you may not have really noticed before. So do yourself a favor, the next time you find yourself at a up-scale restaurant with beer and food pairing recommendations – I strongly encourage you to test the waters with some new beer choices.
And don’t forget to check out the Beer Styles page for a more detailed profile of each style.