Call it sacrilege, call me crazy but I don't get pairing beer with food. After all, if you want to be able to taste the subtleties of a beer, or are trying something new, how can eating food with it help that? For that matter, if you want to enjoy a particular beer or a particular food, how does combining them make it better or more enjoyable? The only way I see this as working for me is if I already know what the beer and the food tastes like, otherwise, it's beer first, then food. Then some more beer. Besides, beer first seems to heighten my appetite, like something else I used to do.