1. One Hundred Mags (Rule). Check out the sneak peek of BeerAdvocate magazine #100, plus some of the changes coming your way.

What Is Your Favorite Beer and Food Pairing?

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by JuniperJesus, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Savant (440) Illinois Feb 26, 2011

    I absolutely love Great Lakes Christmas Ale and pumpkin pie. By destiny's design, the flavors join for a road trip of taste that promises fugitive adventure and mind-blowing, outdoors sex...in the snow.
  2. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,035) New York Mar 12, 2009

    I love a great BarleyWine and a super crumbly extra sharp cheddar.
    BILF, SteveB3014, Harnkus and 2 others like this.
  3. Biffster

    Biffster Savant (375) Michigan Mar 29, 2004

    Holy cow - where to begin? Probably dessert is my favorite. Chocolate stout with creme brulee, framboise with cheesecake. I also have really enjoyed soured farmhouse beers of various stripes with sweet ripe fruit.

    I also like cheese with beer - I like marzen and smoked gouda and swiss, old ale and barleywine with blue cheese - porter and stout works with it too, if its not too roasty. They are good with cheddar, as was mentioned above.

    Funny thing - I always love pairing with vegetables. Wine never works well with a lot of vegetables, which makes it even better ;) . Wit beer or a hefeweizen with green veggies or a salad is a favorite for me.

    On the other hand, is there anything better than the simplicity of a good Pale Ale with a grilled New York Strip on a summer evening?

    I gotta say, the Christmas Ale and pumpkin pie sounds intriguing...
  4. I find I prefer to have beer before or after eating, so the flavor of the beer isn't interfered with by the food. If I do want a beer with food, I prefer something like a Pilsner or Kolsch that won't fight with the food for dominance.
    Prh27 and itsthepleats like this.
  5. For me an oatmeal/milk stout goes well with nearly any protein, but especially beef and chicken. Or a nice hunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Mmmm.
    SteveB3014 and Henamonster like this.
  6. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,055) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

    This was pretty good.......

  7. Mild Ale and curry (or other spicy food) is an absolute revelation as to how beer and food can match.
    In general dark beers match foods pretty well,hops are great for stand alone beers but don't enhance food.
  8. High Life and Hunt's Peppered Hot Wings...
  9. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (350) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    As 5thOhio mentioned, I also prefer savoring a flavorful brew before I eat, without food flavors getting in the way. But there are some combinations that I find very tasty, typically appetizer size though. Sweets with IPA/DIPAs, cheeses with barleywines, chocolate deserts with stouts. In general i also find fatty, non-spicy foods the best with beer. I just can't drink beer with spicy foods...except maybe a light lager. I'm always confounded by the comments of IPAs with spicy food....not for me.

    May try the GLBC Xmas with pie now...
  10. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    Barbecue and Aprihop. I loved this combo.
    Pale Ale (ZD comes to mind) and a grilled steak
    FBS or FIS and brownies/cake/something chocolatey
  11. mochaguy

    mochaguy Zealot (75) Michigan Mar 30, 2010

    Beef Burgundy with the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter was an excellent pairing. The richness in the food was complemented nicely by the porter and the low/moderate sweetness of the porter didn't become too sweet with this rich dish. I also paired this with a French Pinot Noir but preferred the porter.
  12. Barbecue food and a good porter is probably my favorite.
    Genuine and Hotmetal1 like this.
  13. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Savant (340) Illinois Jun 20, 2009

    Beer Geek Rodeo and smoked ribs - an ideal combination.
  14. A nice saison and Thai food may be my favorite.
    CavemanRamblin likes this.
  15. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Savant (330) Ohio Mar 10, 2008

    A hoppy PA/IPA with spicy food is my favorite, love the contrast in flavors. The other night had Celebration with some hot wings.
  16. Prh27

    Prh27 Savant (310) Virginia Apr 24, 2012

    I rarely drink alcohol with my food, except for an ice cold BMC with some hot wings. I find that I enjoy the flavors of food and alcohol separately. That being said, I do love to grab a handful of regular M&M's occasionally while having a heavy stout.
  17. Try mild with spicy foods everything alse I've tried just falls by the wayside. Amazing pairing, a marriage made in Heaven
  18. Pegli

    Pegli Savant (315) Rhode Island Aug 30, 2006

    Porterhouse and Porter for dinner...corned beef hash and eggs and Porter for breakfast
  19. This one is easy.

    Iced Poundcake form Stocks Bakery in Kensington + Speedway Stout.
  20. Chitownbeerbelly

    Chitownbeerbelly Initiate (20) Nov 17, 2012

    Shock Top with, a good burger.
  21. Straight up Chicago-style pizza (cornmeal crust) with a DIPA (preferably Pliny if I have it on hand.)
    EconomicIrony likes this.
  22. A good ribeye with an imperial stout runs a close second.
  23. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Savant (440) Illinois Feb 26, 2011

    I adore Gino's East butter crust pizza with a Hop Stoopid!
    Henamonster likes this.
  24. DRBiser

    DRBiser Savant (405) Maryland May 4, 2012

    Even before i became an over-the-top beer dork, i appreciated how fantastic it was to pair a nice stout with fresh oysters on the half shell. But now that i've explored this pairing a little further, i truly think that Heady Topper with raw oysters may be the greatest possible food pairing of all time. i don't know how it can be beat. It will undoubtedly be how i start my thanksgiving meal!

    (anyone else like IIPAs with oysters?)

    as a close second, the lady and I discovered a fantastic little cafe in the Marais neighborhood of Paris (but aren't they all...) and we had a delicious steak tartare with a fresh tripel. Was so shockingly tasty i had to make it my avatar when i joined BA

    ha, care for a little gout, anyone??
  25. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (350) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Made in heaven huh? I spose I'll give it a shot, although whenever I come across Indian food I cant help but recall a line from the odeon panther scene in Anchorman.... (I'm a fan of the movie if u can't tell)

    And oysters or raw beef don't exactly shout beer pairing to me either buy why not?
  26. Pegli

    Pegli Savant (315) Rhode Island Aug 30, 2006

    How could I forget steamed clams and pilsner ?
  27. Hop Leaf in Chicago has a sandwich called CBJ... cashew butter and jam. It's got cashew butter, fig jam, and raclette cheese on sourdough. I LOVE pairing it with Cuvee des Jacobins. The funk in the cheese along with the sour cutting through the rich cashew butter and sweet fig jam is seriously 100% perfect. This is what got me into pairing beer with food.

    A solid IPA with a burger or pizza are two very classic pairing that I always go for and am happy.

    Backwoods Bastard with a potato bacon soup that I made recently was surprisingly amazing (in the sharing your pairing thread).
  28. I don't know why, but I've never thought to do this. I'm going to have to give this a go very soon. I'm guessing this is more around English BWs that are more on the sweet side correct?
  29. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,035) New York Mar 12, 2009

    The sweeter the BW, the better I like the pairing.
  30. Probably anything at Beachwood BBQ with something on their bottle list or draught list.

    Maybe chicken nachos and early batch Supplication

  31. CosmicTom

    CosmicTom Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2012

    FBS or Epic's Big Bad Baptist with a big damn slice of Cheesecake.

    Bleu Cheese BBQ Burger with Trappist Rochefort 10.
  32. cwreay90

    cwreay90 Savant (400) Texas Nov 19, 2012

    Stone Ruination IPA with a medium cooked prime rib steak. Does not get a whole lot better than that in my book haha
    BILF likes this.
  33. Great choice. They have fantastic food.
  34. bsnone

    bsnone Savant (255) Arizona Nov 22, 2012

    Still to this day my favorite pairing is Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and ghridelli chocolate brownies.
  35. raczkowski

    raczkowski Savant (360) Florida May 16, 2011

    i love a good Pale Ale or IPA with some buffalo chicken wings and french fries...as well as pairing a great double IPA with a fat BBQ smoked pork sandwich thats been smoking for 24 hours! damn now i wanna smoke some meat this weekend!
  36. It's been a while since I've made some pulled pork but thinking about having it with a big DIPA just sounds outstanding. Hmmm... may have to do that soon.
  37. KevSal

    KevSal Advocate (630) California Oct 17, 2010

    for some reason i freaking love a big ba barleywine with good chocolate. dark chocolate or milk.

    rich chocolate with artic devil is outta this world
  38. fortsambo

    fortsambo Savant (280) Colorado Feb 14, 2011

    Any good cheese with any good beer.
    CurtFromHershey likes this.
  39. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,190) Maryland Mar 18, 2008

    Belgian pale ales with Moules and frites
    CHEEEEEEEEEEEEESE Uh... good cheddar with a Saison / Chevre with a tripel
    Bitter dark high quality chocolate - roast porter, Russian Imperials
    roast grilled meats and doppelbocks.... come to think of it, I almost always never have doppelbocks unless I am making something...
  40. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Advocate (625) Maine May 1, 2011

    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot was pretty awesome with my dad's chocolate cheesecake.