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What Is Your Favorite Beer and Food Pairing?

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

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  1. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Aspirant (270) Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

    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 Poo-Bah (2,235) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I love a great BarleyWine and a super crumbly extra sharp cheddar.
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  3. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    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 :wink: . 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. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (501) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    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.
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  5. PghBeerAlien

    PghBeerAlien Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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.
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  6. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,530) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    This was pretty good.......

  7. marquis

    marquis Crusader (739) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    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. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (633) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    High Life and Hunt's Peppered Hot Wings...
  9. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Ohio

    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) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    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 Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2010 Michigan

    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. BikingDutchman

    BikingDutchman Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2012 Iowa

    Barbecue food and a good porter is probably my favorite.
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  13. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Disciple (321) Jun 20, 2009 Illinois
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    Beer Geek Rodeo and smoked ribs - an ideal combination.
  14. hogansct

    hogansct Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Rhode Island

    A nice saison and Thai food may be my favorite.
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  15. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    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 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 Virginia

    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. marquis

    marquis Crusader (739) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    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 Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2006 Rhode Island

    Porterhouse and Porter for dinner...corned beef hash and eggs and Porter for breakfast
  19. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This one is easy.

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

    Chitownbeerbelly Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2012

    Shock Top with, a good burger.
  21. Henamonster

    Henamonster Initiate (60) Feb 2, 2007 California

    Straight up Chicago-style pizza (cornmeal crust) with a DIPA (preferably Pliny if I have it on hand.)
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  22. Henamonster

    Henamonster Initiate (60) Feb 2, 2007 California

    A good ribeye with an imperial stout runs a close second.
  23. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Aspirant (270) Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

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

    DRBiser Disciple (395) May 4, 2012 Maryland

    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 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Ohio

    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 Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2006 Rhode Island

    How could I forget steamed clams and pilsner ?
  27. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    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. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    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 Poo-Bah (2,235) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    The sweeter the BW, the better I like the pairing.
  30. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    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 Aspirant (207) Nov 19, 2012 Texas

    Stone Ruination IPA with a medium cooked prime rib steak. Does not get a whole lot better than that in my book haha
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  33. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Great choice. They have fantastic food.
  34. bsnone

    bsnone Aspirant (245) Nov 22, 2012 Arizona
    Beer Trader

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

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
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    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. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 Aspirant (287) May 12, 2008 District of Columbia
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    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 Savant (952) Oct 17, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    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 Initiate (132) Feb 14, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Any good cheese with any good beer.
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  39. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,222) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    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 Disciple (342) May 1, 2011 Maine

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