Three Beers to Pair with a Lobster Roll

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (17,668) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    We asked Row 34 beer director Suzanne Hays to select three beers to accompany this simple—yet scrumptious—New England classic.

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  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,430) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Gimme a Narragansett lager over all of these. :wink:
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  3. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,342) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I would prefer a solid Lager with this.
    Cheers and thanks for making me hungry now..... :yum:
  4. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (481) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    That lobsta roll looks amazing. I like your beer pairing choices as well!
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  5. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (832) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    It is the official beer of lobsta rolls, son.
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  6. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,010) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Mild to mid lager for me because I don't want to overpower the lobster.
  7. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (976) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    What the hell is that thing in the article pic? Looks like a bunch of celary cut with mayo. No tail or claw meat to be seen. Super massive, artisanal-looking roll. Epic fail.

    Anyway, pretty much anything pairs with a lobster roll. I'd definitely go the lager route, maybe a saison of some sort like Free Rise by Trillium if you're feeling fancy.

    The real debate should be Maine style (cold, usually cut with a bit of mayo) or Connecticut style (warm with drawn butter). There is no wrong answer here but I typically lean towards CT style.

    One last thing, if it's not on a New England hot dog bun (top sliced) then it's not really a proper lobster roll. Sucks that they're nearly impossible find down here (Pepperidge Farm a version of them but they're not quite up to par, IMO...too puffy/large).

    Official beer of the clam, too!

    #7 tzieser, Jun 8, 2018
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  8. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,315) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Love Row 34, but lobster roll price crazy high. They make really good lobster tacos there too.
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  9. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,609) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Yep, was just going to say that, a little taste on NE in a glass and on your plate. I had the best Lobster Rolls on a roadside truck in the middle of nowhere in Maine over 35 years ago. I've had high end rolls but those Maine rolls were easily the best.
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  10. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (356) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Never had a lobster roll, I'll have to try one at a local seafood place where I've seen them on menu. Had a shrimp po boy today though, so probably good on seafood sammys for the week.
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  11. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,454) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Forget pairings, just give me the lobster roll! :yum:
  12. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (1,538) Dec 11, 2006 California

    When I was in Massachusetts last year, I went to Turner’s Seafood in Salem and had this beauty:

    I can easily say that it was the best lobster roll I ever had because it’s the only one I’ve ever had! Oh, and when in Massachusetts, the obvious choice is Narragansett!
    *side note - it was also the most expensive ‘sandwich I have ever had
  13. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,609) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I've only had the Maine style, but I like it better at room temp to slightly warm. There's a place in Greensboro that has them on the menu and they are expensive but they serve them chilled. I don't think I'd like it on a bun with garlic butter, I'll just take the lobster straight up that way.
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  14. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (2,913) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Carton Boat would pair nicely with a lobster roll.
  15. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (976) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    I’m a fan of both. I certainly would never turn down a Maine-style one and they are typically the more popular option. Even McDonald’s has lobster rolls in the summer (also served chilled). The only reason I dig the CT style a bit more than the ME is because you never know how much mayo is being used. When done right, they’re delightful but sometimes it’s like 50% mayonnaise which is always disappointing after you spent $20 on one. Yeah, lobster rolls are always a bit pricey but then again it is lobster we’re talking about here.

    Garlic butter with lobster? Gross. Drawn (clarified) butter only or GTFO lol cheers
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  16. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Crusader (784) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    I have never had a lobster roll. But when I find one I'm going to give it a try.
    I like Anchor Steam Beer with my seafood though. Red Snapper Vera Cruz @Flying Fish Ft. Worth.
    Gonna look for Narragansett.
  17. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,669) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Only had one lobster roll, but it remains my favorite meal during that vacation.

    I'll gladly try out all these beer pairings when I get the next opportunity.
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  18. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,236) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    I could see a sour cutting through the fat in a lobster roll, pretty sure that explains the lemon being served on the side.
  19. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Aspirant (292) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    Agreed, that doesn't look right at all- cole slaw sandwich?

    @RaulMondesi that's more of what we are looking for. Unless you're in PEI or Nova Scotia, you're gonna have to pay a fair bit for a good roll, you get what you pay for.
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  20. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,010) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Searching for a less costly lobster roll is a futile exercise for most of us even if you buy fresh lobster and make your own, which I have done. That does give you control over the ingredients though.
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  21. woodchipper

    woodchipper Savant (979) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    Yea, CT Lobster Rolls rule. Lots of butter, bun toasted on the sides. I think you need a real hoppy IPA to cut through all that excellent butter fat though.
    I would take a 'Gansett for sure if I had no choice but the mayonnaise style roll.
  22. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,985) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Maybe it's just me, but I'd go all in on DFH Mixed Media with a lobster roll.
  23. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (976) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    The only thing I could guess is that they had to cut corners (and cost) for the photo and used krab stick or something like that. It definitely looks like that seafood salad mystery meat you get at the deli counter.
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  24. rgordon

    rgordon Champion (851) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    The last lobster roll I had was at Neptune Oyster in Boston. I had a Harpoon IPA with it. About three minutes later I ordered one more of both. I can taste that sammich right now!
  25. Moses1618

    Moses1618 Initiate (56) Dec 23, 2013 Maine

    Shipyard Summer Ale
    Classic and still the best with Lobster!
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  26. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (2,729) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden

    Had a really nice conversation with Suzanne when I visited Boston last year, ske knows her stuff. The place was great too!
  27. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,298) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    We do lobster rolls in the tavern i work and based off our tap selection, id go with Leipziger Gose, Sierra Nevada Sidecar or Sixpoint Alpenflo. Any of these beers would compliment or contrast the lobster roll we make (fresh, i personally have cracked those claws and tails) because the roll is heavy and heavily buttered and the lobster being sweet with a zip from celery, the mayo we unfortunately use is "heavy duty" and all 3 of the beers can cut that richness.
  28. Pmatson

    Pmatson Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Ohio

    Allagash White is my first choice to pair with lobster rolls in Maine, whether it is ME or CT style (I prefer the latter).
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  29. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (6,647) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    You haven't had a lobster roll until you've been to Red's. :wink:
  30. Amendm

    Amendm Disciple (326) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island

    Most lobster rolls I have tried from restaurants just use mayo with salt and pepper and that’s usually it.
    I have had this New England favorite with a Bass Ale and it matched very well.
    This recipe is jazzed up a bit with red onion and celery salt and the bun contains rosemary so I would try for a lighter ale that is not overly hoppy.
    I would stick with English Pale Ales but with an upgrade in quality and malt character.
    Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale is an ale that I have tried and enjoyed with food and would match this recipe.
    Mangiare and salute.
    #30 Amendm, Jun 15, 2018
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  31. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (222) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    I visited Row 34 before my flight out of Boston last week. Pretty neat spot, very busy when I was there so I had to stand. It was my first ever lobster roll. I did it with the hot butter and paired it with a Rothaus Pils. it was amazing.
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  32. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Crusader (767) Jan 19, 2013 New Brunswick (Canada)

    I had a lobster roll with a Samuel Adams Summer Ale last summer in Maine. The lemon from the Summer Ale really compliments the lobster well (as does citrus with pretty much any seafood).

    If I'm on home-field eating those beautiful Fundy Bay lobsters, it's got to be a Moosehead Lager :wink:
  33. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (778) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    If you're at Row 34 or Neptune Oyster in Boston, just pair it with whatever Trillium they have on tap :grin:.
  34. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Disciple (308) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    Title should have been 10 great beers you can pair with a lobster roll.
  35. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (122) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    There are better ways for a lobster roll to be made - but I would still eat the fuck out of the one pictured....inappropriate roll and all.

    I'm with everyone here, Gansett would work just would a super crisp white wine
  36. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (976) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    If I was starving, yeah me too. Maybe I just have unnecessarily high standards of lobster rolls from growing up in New England. Very few things piss me off as much as shelling out $15-20 for a lobster roll and getting a mayo sandwich. It's sorta like a New Yorker going to a pizza place out West and being ridiculously disappointed.
  37. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (122) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    I understand. I visit Boothbay Harbor each summer and go ape for the straight up claw and tail in butter on a soft roll style. Outside of NE you get different sorts, and they can be good, but I can appreciate your stance and your pizza reference
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  38. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (976) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    lol thanks. For what it's worth 95% of the time any given lobster roll is delicious. Anything with lobster in it is a pretty difficult thing to fuck up. Even the McLobster is a pretty decent roll for the price (usually around $9). A good pizza is much easier to fuck up, IMO. Damn, I'm hungry.