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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.