Saturday, December 20, 2008

Beer and Food Pairings

I love pairing good beer with good food; it's just pure magic when the flavors marry and dance together in the mouth. Over the years I've discovered, and been told about some really good beer food pairings, and I'd love to hear about yours. Here are some of mine, along with some pairings suggested by some beer friends whose palates I really respect:

Red Hook IPA and an Italian hoagie (from Mike Gates, Haddonfield, NJ)

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale and a plate of nachos

Victory Hop Devil and Thai curries

Maredsous 8 and creme brulee (Bob Rescinito, Oklahoma City, OK)

Ommegang Brown Ale and creme brulee

Saranac Caramel Porter and Amish sourdough pretzels

Yuengling Porter and beef stew

Guinness Stout and oysters

Victory Prima Pils or Pilsner Urqell and Sechuan Chinese food

Sierra Nevada Celebration and a thick grilled steak

Spaten Oktoberfest and pork chops braised with apples and cabbage

Rolling Rock and pizza

Tsing Tsao and red gravy Italian, like lasagna and/or linguine and meatballs

Troegs Troeginator Dopplebock and braised lamb shank over polenta

Troegs Mad Elf and Christmas cookies!

One Guy Brewing Cinnamon Boldy and apple fritters (Lew Bryson, Newtown, PA)

Hefeweizen and Indian cuisine (Tom Cizauskas, Baltimore, MD)

A bowl of spicy chili and Boulevard Brewing's Bob's 47 (Bob Rescinito, Oklahoma City, OK)

A Christmas ham sandwich and Saranac Season's Best Nut Brown Lager

A NJ Italian hot dog and Grolsch lager (John Fox, Union, NJ)

OK, I've started the list, now I want to hear YOUR pairings!


okbrewer said...

A big bowl of spicy chili and some Bob's 47 from Boulevard Brewing is my kinda football watching meal!

And for dessert: Porter floats! Have you mentioned Porter floats yet!?

Bob R in OKC



You gave me a suggestion over a dozen years ago, one that you haven't listed: Indian cuisine and hefe-weizen.
Dahl, Beer, & Chocolate

Good to see you blogging. Keep in touch.
Tom Cizauskas

Rich Pawlak said...

Great to hear from you, Tom! yes, I DID forget that one,and it's a winner of a pairing!

Rich Pawlak said...

Bob, can you also suggest a beer similar to Bob's 47 that might be available outside of the Midwest?

okbrewer said...


Either a Munich Lager or an Oktoberfest would fit the bill in place of Bob's '47.

Bob R in OKC

Lew Bryson said...

Hey, that Cinnamon Boldy and apple fritters was my idea! And it's a good one, too...

Rich Pawlak said...

I stand corrected and will make needed edit.