You’ve enjoyed it for years. In the past, you may have paired it with another beer. But you’ve come to realize that this complex beverage complements an amazing array of food. The fact is beer is actually more food friendly than wine. While wine is made from a single ingredient, beer picks up flavour and aroma cues from its many ingredients. Start pairing beer and food with these basics.
THE 3 C’s
Pairing the right beer with the right food is not as hard as you think. The basic principles are Cut, Complement, and Contrast.
CUT refers to how the carbonation and hops of the beer cuts through some of the richer flavours and tastes (fattiness, spiciness, creaminess) in food.
The goal of COMPLEMENTING is to match the flavours and character of the beer with the flavours of the food.
When it comes to CONTRAST, the idea is to match opposing flavours of beer and food to enhance the unique flavours of each.
BEER & FOOD PAIRING 101
When in doubt, consult our trusty beer and food pairing guide to impress even the toughest critics on your pairing skills. And always remember, the lighter the fare, the lighter the beer style. Check out the pairing guide below to get you started.
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