Learning the basics of food and beer pairing
It’s always good to know how best to pair your food with a beer. For Indian food, a Lager is a safe option. In this article, we will explore the basics of food and craft beer pairing.
Learning the Basics
The three basic rules are ‘Complement, Contrast and Cleanse’.
Complement : choose a beer that has a similar flavour profile to the dish you have ordered
Contrast : a contrast in flavours works really well. For example if you pair a Hefeweizen’s sweetness with a spicy dish.
Cleanse: Beer with high carbonation and gravity will help cleans your palate.
Using these basics, below is a brief pairing guide for some craft beers.
Hop Forward Beers: can be paired with burgers, buffalo wings, asian food, spicy food, fried food, pizzas and steak
Brown Ales/ Amber/ Reds : These brews pair well with nutty and roasted dishes including burgers, steaks, grills and smoked foods.
Strong Lager : Pairs well with medium spicy dishes, sausages and seared food
Lager & Pilsner
These brews pair well with salads, shellfish, sushi, grilled chicken and pork. They also pair well with pasta dishes that are not too creamy or filled with meat sauce.
Can be paired with smoked foods including BBQ, Sausage, Stews, Bacon
Pairs well with roasted and smoked foods. These include BBQ and grilled food.
Wheat Beer/ Hefeweizen/Wit
Pair well with soups and salad as well as vegetarian dishes. Great in bringing out the citrus flavour in dishes