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BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR CLASSICS

The beer and food pairing movement is here to stay, so to start you on your beer journey of refreshing research here’s a basic guide to beer flavour profiles and suggested pairings. These days there is no shortage of varieties and options, so have a chat to your bar manager, arrange a tasting, get drinking and get inspired!

IPA

British and American IPAs are all the rage currently. The main characteristic is an aggressively bitter hoppiness, with malty or fruity undertones.

Serve with: big flavours such as herby, salty or spicy dishes.

AMBER ALE

Less hops and more malt means a fuller, darker and less bitter beer. Better for cooler weather and still subtle enough to pair with most meaty dishes.

Serve with: rich, meaty dishes like pies, roasts and steaks.

PALE ALE

With a bit more body and fruity character than a lager, the very popular pale ale is still easy drinking on a sunny afternoon.

Serve with: fish and chips, barbecued meats and prawns.

LAGER

The popularity of lager and pilsner come from their light, refreshing, easy-drinking qualities. Great for cutting through greasy food and spices.

Serve with: flavours like seafood or roast chicken.

WHEAT BEER

This refreshing European-style beer is unique in its spicy, fruity aroma, full flavour and cloudy appearance. Easy drinking, especially on a hot day!

Serve with: lighter-style dishes, like prawns or salads.

PORTER

The dark and heavy end of the spectrum, with deep malt flavours and full-bodied mouthfeel. Great for sipping on a cold day. 

Serve with: oysters, cheese, smoked meats and spicy dishes.