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Pairing for homemade, dry cured salami?

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by Providence, Jan 3, 2013.

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  1. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    In only my third attempt at homemade charcuterie I pulled of an amazing dry cured, tuscan style salami. I hung it to cure in my closet for about three weeks and, to my surprise no one that has eaten it has had to go to the hospital, ha ha. I am looking for a nice brew to pair with my creation. It's got a little garlic, a little fennel, some black peppercorns, a good splash of chianti, and big chunks of back fat in it.

    Additionally, I have been serving this salami with my homemade pickled eggplant. So I am looking for a nice brew that pairs well with the fat and richness of the salami and the tang and spice of the pickled eggplant.


    Thanks in advance!
  2. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 May 12, 2008 District of Columbia

    Pepe Nero sounds like it'd be tasty with this to me. Matilda could be nice as well.
  3. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Good suggestions! While I stay away from Goose Island, a spicy Saison sounds like a great idea! I'd love to try the salami with a bottle of Saison De Buff actually. I know a lot of folks weren't big on that brew, but I liked it and the herbs involved may work well with this mix. Thanks for getting me thinking along these lines!
  4. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 May 12, 2008 District of Columbia

    Fair enough on GI... more for me :)

    If you decide to skip the pickled eggplant, I would definitely recommend something like Cuvee Renee that has some acidity to match the richness of the salami. Keeping the eggplant in the equation just means you need a saison that doesn't have much sour to it or you might not have enough balance... though I could see a light tart working well to be a bridge between the two.

    I'm jealous about you making the homemade salami... something I've never even thought about trying before.
  5. match1112

    match1112 Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    Give Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock a go, or if you're in the mood to experiment get a bottle of your favorite Trippel.
  6. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I really thought I would fail, mainly because of all the temperatures and humidities needed to pull it off. I live in a drafty old ass house (as in really old, built in early 1700's) and figured something would get messed up. Nope, everything came out bad ass.

    By the book Charcuterie by Ruhlman and Polcyn. It's changing my life!
  7. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Brewery Vivant Zaison has a bit of pepper and a sweetness that would go with something cured and fatty. Did you smoke it at all or just hang it?
  8. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Thanks for the suggestion, never heard of that one.

    No smoking, just dry curing. The temperature of this salami hasn't exceeded 80 degrees Fahrenheit at any time.
  9. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I just tried Rodenbach 2010 Vintage 144 with some Columbus pepper salami... left me speechless. These cultures work well.
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