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Pairing Food and Beer

April 18, 2019 - Comment

Chances are you’re ready for the weekend. Why not plan your meal around that cold beer you’ve been thinking about!

Consider some all-time favorite food/beer pairings from the masters.

Whether you’ll be serving typical American cookout foods to multi-course dinners you’ll be sure to take away some useful tips from these pairings

Pairing Beers with Food

Chances are you’re already making plans for the upcoming weekend. Who you will visit or invite over for conversation and of course great food.

While you’re contemplating your menu, it might be worthwhile to consider some all-time favorite food/beer pairings from the masters.

Whether you’ll be serving typical American cookout foods to multicourse dinners you’ll be sure to take away some useful tips from these pairings.

Successful pairing just requires some basic comparison of beer profiles with flavors and textures of your menu selections.

No doubt you’ve already discovered some great combinations!

Find new inspiration for your next gathering with these suggested pairings.


Cheeses: American cheeses including mild Vermont white and yellow cheddars.

Soups: Broccoli Cheddar, Chicken Noodle

Great with Burgers, Braunschweiger, Bachwurst, Bratwurst, chicken  sausages, grilled chicken dishes, and many salads

India Pale Ales

Cheeses: Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola

Soups: Corn Chowder, Tamales

Main Dishes: Wedge Salads, Indian Curry foods, Dishes heavy in Cumin and Tumeric. Also pairs well with rich desserts like apple tarts, carrots cakes.



Cheeses: Fired Mozerella Sticks, Medium Cheddars

Soups: Tortilla Soup, Minestrone, Bean Soups

Main Dishes: Heavier Garlic, Chili Rellenos, Stuffed Poblano Peppers, Stewed Mussels and Clams in Garlic Sauces, Beef & Bean dishes, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Pizza


Cheeses: Medium flavored white and yellow cheddars, 

Soups: Minestrone, Lentils, Cheddar Soup, Spinach & Artichoke Dip.

Main Dishes: Fried Chilean Sea Bass, Fried Chicken, 


Cheeses: Nutty flavored cheeses like Gouda and Swiss, Asiago, and Colby

Soups: French onion, Chicken Gumbo, Tomato Basil

Main Dishes: Smoky dishes like Roasted Pork, Grilled Salmon & Tuna, Chili Colorado, Beef Stews, 

Flavor profile: Caramel, Raisins, Apple, Coffee, Toffee, Malt, Plum

Wheat Ales

Pair nicely with lighter foods, grilled chicken, vegetable dishes and salads. Goes very well with cheesy appetizers such as mozzarella and fondue.

Cheese: Chevre (Goat Cheese), Queso Fresco, Feta

Soups:  Ramen, and Lemon Chicken

main dishes: Baked & Fried White Fish, Sushi, Smoked Chicken, Chicken and Turkey Breast Meat Dishes, Ceaser Salad





Great with chicken and seafood roasted, grilled or fried. A little heavier body than American wheat ales, and slightly sweeter. 

Cheeses: Chevre (Goat Cheese), Queso Fresco, Feta

Soups: Lobster Bisque

Main Dishes: Shrimp, Scallop Chowder, Baked Cod, White Meat Poultry foods, Carrot and Squash Soups, Skewered Shrimp, Weisswurst, Hawiaan Bread, Ceaser Salad, Pretzels. Dishes with lemony flavors.


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Cooking with Beer

Go well with sweets like chocolate cake, and berry compotes. More rich than stouts, but has a similar flavor profile.

Cheeses: Buttery cheeses like Brie, Camembert, Gruyere

Soups: Black Bean, Potato Leek, Split Pea, Creamy Clam Chowder
Main Dishes: Mushrooms, Beef BBQ, Fried Onion Rings

Also goes well with Chocolate Cake, and Berry Compotes





Cheeses: Sharp Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, buttery cheeses like Brie, Camembert

Soups: Beef Barley Soup

Main Dish Suggestions: Beef Stew, Barbeque Beef, Beef Stroganoff, Beef and Noodles, Heavier Beef Asian dishes, Loaded Potatoes. 

Also goes well with Ice Cream

Flavor profile: Nuts, Coffee, Toffee, Oats, Barley

Ambers Reds

Cheeses: Port Wine, Feta, Parmesan

Soups: Potato Soup, Cream of Asparagus, Chicken Noodle, Creamy Clam Chowder

Main Dish Suggestions: Shrimp boil, Andouille sausage, Italian Red Peppers and Sausage, Bacon Burgers, Jerk Chicken, Texas Chili

Profile: Caramel, malt, Toffee, Hops, Citrus, and Pine flavors


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