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Best Beer w BBQ?

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by Newkidroundhere, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Newkidroundhere

    Newkidroundhere Jan 8, 2013 Oklahoma
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    I smoked spare ribs today for the Superbowl. Thought Lagunitas Sucks would be a good match and boy howdy was it ever?

    What other beers pair well with BBQ? Or beer styles?
     
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  2. koopa

    koopa Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey
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    I like IPA's and Brown Ales with BBQ
     
  3. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    Any beer I enjoy seems to go good with any food I enjoy...wonder why that is? ;)
     
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  4. Newkidroundhere

    Newkidroundhere Jan 8, 2013 Oklahoma
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    The hops helped cleanse my palate from the fat and salt in the ribs/rub. The brown sugar in Sucks was a nice match for the sweetness of the rub....it just got my brain working and thought I should ask. Thought this may be an appropriate first thread as well.
     
  5. acevenom

    acevenom Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

  6. Moose90

    Moose90 Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    I had an Odell IPA, and a Lagunitas IPA with my BBQ ribs today, and they went amazing. I also had a Narwhal with some citrus/ginger marinated goose that I shot on Friday, damn it was good.
     
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  7. LittleGus

    LittleGus Mar 13, 2008 Minnesota

  8. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Fullsteam Hogwash is damn near perfect.
     
  9. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Feb 18, 2009 Indiana
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    My go-to styles for BBQ:

    Amber
    Brown
    Porter
    Stout (especially coffee stouts)
     
  10. RPH2327

    RPH2327 Dec 5, 2010 Pennsylvania

    My go-to styles with BBQ are lagers and ales.
     
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  11. KWMiles

    KWMiles Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota

    Stone Smoked Porter
    Surly Smoke

    I liked smoked beers because they accentuate the smokiness of the BBQ.
     
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  12. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    stone smoked porter
     
  13. lwburns15

    lwburns15 Dec 11, 2010 Illinois

    Bourbon County Stout. It's been on tap for months at JD's Q & Brew in Arlington Heights for $7 for a 12 oz pour. Goes great with their brisket.
     
  14. jbertsch

    jbertsch Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Chimay premiere. Didn't expect it to be so good.
     
  15. dianimal

    dianimal Apr 18, 2012 California

  16. Steimie

    Steimie Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    When it's available, pick up some DFH Aprihop to have w/ your 'que. Very good combo.
     
  17. TheFightingMongooses

    TheFightingMongooses Nov 14, 2012 New Jersey

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  18. koopa

    koopa Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey
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    I'd love to watch you have berliner weisse with BBQ and not wince....
     
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  19. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    IPAs and Rauchbiers.
     
  20. jman005

    jman005 Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

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    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter tastes great with Barbeque.
     
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  21. dianimal

    dianimal Apr 18, 2012 California

    I'm not picky. Ask my husband ;)

    (...and by coincidence, I did have a Berliner Weisse just last night with grilled steak and potatoes!)
     
  22. koopa

    koopa Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey
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    Sounds almost as bad as pairing one with BBQ. Instead of simultaneously reducing the tasting pleasure of your meal and your drink with lackluster (I'm being kind) pairings, try reading "The Brewmasters Table" by Garret Oliver. I sincerely believe it will enhance the quality of your life!
     
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  23. Wildbug

    Wildbug Oct 21, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Doppelbocks. The sweet, maltiness really pairs well with BBQ ribs.

    And while rauchbiers are pretty much my favorite, I avoid them with BBQ since the smoke aromas, especially with the milder ones, tend to be easily overwhelmed by the BBQ. Why waste a rauchbier on BBQ when you can't fully appreciate it? I'd rather pair a rauch with salmon sashimi.
     
  24. mecummins

    mecummins Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I was just going to say this. It's perfect for a sweet & sticky sauce.
     
  25. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Hop Rod Rye
     
  26. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    There's brown sugar in Lagunitas Sucks?
     
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  27. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I think i have to go with Bitburger on this one.
     
  28. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    BBQ is a pretty generic reference.

    My BBQ pairing would be burnt ends (no friggin' sauce)from Kreuz in Lockhart, TX with a Shiner Black Lager.

    Closer to home, some brisket from the Prohibition Pig and a Hill Farmstead Edward.
     
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  29. Bierlerner

    Bierlerner Aug 17, 2010 Oklahoma

    I don't know how some of you do smoked beers with BBQ. That's just too much smoke for me. lol
     
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  30. Handle

    Handle Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    Is this like the new holiday spice in Celebration joke?
     
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  31. BeerCity

    BeerCity Mar 6, 2013 California

    Hot day while cooking Allagash white! unita Baba black for eating. And it's a great brine for chicken
     
  32. PangaeaBeerFood

    PangaeaBeerFood Nov 30, 2008 New York

    I have to disagree with the recommendations for IPAs and Smoked beers. Smoked beer with smoked meat seems redundant, flavor-wise. I'm not sure what either would do to enhance the other. And I don't feel like the IPA really compliments any of the flavors that make barbecue food so wonderful. In my opinion, I aim for bittersweet to malty-sweet Brown Ales, Porters, etc., and some darker Scottish Ales. All of those have nice caramelized flavors that pick up on the wonderful caramelization of the meat, compliment the spices used (if any) nicely, and work well with any of that smokey, charred flavor.

    For sweeter BBQ foods, like pulled pork, it's hard to top Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale. For char-grilled meats, I like Orkney Dark Island or Sam Smith Taddy Porter. Edmund Fitzgerald and Weihenstephan Korbinian are superb with smokier, meatier dishes.

    Anywho, just a few ideas.
     
  33. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Bells Black Note on draft!
     
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  34. woodchopper

    woodchopper Jul 31, 2010 Illinois
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    A hoppy citrusy type beer really pairs well with the bbq. hops shine through the smokeness and sometimes heavy sauce also refreshes the palate too.
     
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  35. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I am in total agreement regarding smoked beers and BBQ --- it's just too much.

    And I almost never --- well, really never --- suggest an IPA as a complement to any pairing. And I certainly would never think of a hoppy IPA as a palate cleanser, more like a palate wrecker. But in this case, an IPA can stand up to my BBQ. My BBQ is fatty and smoky. I am a dry rub only guy, using sauce only as a condiment. Fatty foods like BBQ, cheeseburgers, pizza, etc. can hold up to even the hoppiest of IPAs IMHO and I often drink IPAs with BBQ. But with that said, I find not-too-hoppy pales, pilsners, ambers, wheats, and browns to be the best beers with BBQ.
     
  36. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    I agree w/ this wholeheartedly w/r/t smoked beers, and THOUGHT I felt this way w/r/t/ IPA'S and IIPA's, but just recently had a couple of Sucks w/ some of my own hickory/oak/pecan smoked pulled pork and it was fantastic, just as (and for the same reasons) Newkidroundhere said.

    previously I would have probably had a Marzen/vienna lager/Oktoberfest, or even a doppelbock or Maibock. I get tired of brown ales and porters with every roasted or grilled meat but that seems to be the default pairing and (it's been a long time since I read it, the sommelier at Eleven Madison Park currently has my copy) I'm pretty sure Brewmaster's Table goes that way a lot--and I sure ain't arguing w/ Garrett Oliver! (or you)
     
  37. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    I took the family to a local BBQ place for lunch today. I had a Lost Rhino Ice Breaker Imperial IPA along with my pulled pork sandwich topped with some spicy BBQ sauce. I thought the pairing was a pretty good one.
     
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  38. brewmandan

    brewmandan May 10, 2010 Iowa

    I like an amber or a red with my bbq.
     
  39. CasanovaCummins

    CasanovaCummins Jan 10, 2012 Nevada
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    No love for Ryes? Just finishing one off and wondering why it was was conspicuosly absent from the conversation?

    Maybe you can't cook with a Ruthless Rye, but you sure can pair one with some BBQ!
     
  40. egrace84

    egrace84 Mar 25, 2012 Illinois
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    You read my mind! That was the perfect beer w/ the bbq that day!
     
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