First impressions are meant to be memorable, and when you learn how to make a delicious beer and food pairing, the results can be absolutely unforgettable. Practice makes perfect, and here is a short beer and food pairings guide filled with some of the best craft beers to pair up with your favorite foods.
IPAs Take the Edge off Sharp Cheddar
India pale ales, such as Stone’s 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief, have a fruity effervescence that takes on the sharp flavors of the cheddar and goes round after round with it, enhancing the flavor of both in the process.
Spice Up Chili with a Splash of Stout
Texas chili is famous for being spicy, and a hearty stout goes great with a piping hot bowl of this Texas treat. Prairie Bomb! Chili or their Pe-Kan are perfect for this pairing.
Pour Some Porter and Bring on the Chocolate
Sometimes you just want to snack instead of eating a full meal. When that happens, Ballast Point Victory at Sea porter and a hunk of dark chocolate go together like peas and carrots.
Have a Hefeweizen with Your Hawaiian Pizza
Big Bend’s Hefeweizen is the perfect drink to wash down a Hawaiian pizza loaded with pineapple and ham. The sweet flavors play off one another, and the hops within this Texas craft beer balance out the acidity of the fruit.
Smoke ’em if You Got ’em with a Lager
Smoked foods, such as brisket or ribs, go great with a hearty Rahr & Sons Blonde Lager. The flavors within the beer heighten the tastiness of the meat. This pairing is great for naturally smoked meats as it helps take the edge off and allows the rich, smoky flavor to come through in every bite and every sip.
There are plenty of fantastic beer and food pairings that you can come up with for the best craft beers. We invite you to drop by Taps & Caps to learn more about the beers we have on tap and some of the creative creations our customers have put together using everything from Texas craft beer to cider.