FOOD PAIRING BASICS

FOOD PAIRING BASICS

You’ve enjoyed it for years. In the past, you may have paired...Show more

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

CUT

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.

COMPLEMENT

COMPLEMENT

The goal of COMPLEMENTING is to match the flavours and character of the beer with the flavours of the food.

CONTRAST

CONTRAST

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.

FLAVOURED & REFRESHING
Food Type
Cooking Method
Fresh
Cheese
Soft
Chocolate
Raspberry
Flavour Intensity
Crisp
LIGHTER & REFRESHING
Food Type
Cooking Method
Grilled
Cheese
Semi Soft
Chocolate
White
Flavour Intensity
Light
BRIGHT & BALANCED
Food Type
Cooking Method
Barbecued
Cheese
Semi Hard
Chocolate
Almonds
Flavour Intensity
Mild
CRISP & HOPPY
Food Type
Cooking Method
Sauteed
Cheese
Hard
Chocolate
Cayenne
Flavour Intensity
Medium
FRUITY & SMOOTH
Food Type
Cooking Method
Baked
Cheese
Creamy Smooth
Chocolate
Dark Orange
Flavour Intensity
Delicate
ROBUST & MALTY
Food Type
Cooking Method
Fried
Cheese
Full Flavoured & Smoked
Chocolate
Milk Caramel
Flavour Intensity
Savoury
BOLD & FULL FLAVOURED
Food Type
Cooking Method
Broiled
Cheese
Strong & Robust
Chocolate
Sea Salt
Flavour Intensity
Peppery

FOOD PAIRING BASICS

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

CUT

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.

COMPLEMENT

COMPLEMENT

The goal of COMPLEMENTING is to match the flavours and character of the beer with the flavours of the food.

CONTRAST

CONTRAST

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.

FLAVOURED & REFRESHING
Food Type
Cooking Method
Fresh
Cheese
Soft
Chocolate
Raspberry
Flavour Intensity
Crisp
LIGHTER & REFRESHING
Food Type
Cooking Method
Grilled
Cheese
Semi Soft
Chocolate
White
Flavour Intensity
Light
BRIGHT & BALANCED
Food Type
Cooking Method
Barbecued
Cheese
Semi Hard
Chocolate
Almonds
Flavour Intensity
Mild
CRISP & HOPPY
Food Type
Cooking Method
Sauteed
Cheese
Hard
Chocolate
Cayenne
Flavour Intensity
Medium
FRUITY & SMOOTH
Food Type
Cooking Method
Baked
Cheese
Creamy Smooth
Chocolate
Dark Orange
Flavour Intensity
Delicate
ROBUST & MALTY
Food Type
Cooking Method
Fried
Cheese
Full Flavoured & Smoked
Chocolate
Milk Caramel
Flavour Intensity
Savoury
BOLD & FULL FLAVOURED
Food Type
Cooking Method
Broiled
Cheese
Strong & Robust
Chocolate
Sea Salt
Flavour Intensity
Peppery