This evening on WDAZ News @5 we began a new weekly segment. Each Thursday, Greg Rixen of Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop is going to be showing us how to better enjoy wine, beer and spirits with the food we prepare.
This week it’s "pairing" different Super-Bowl-type snacks with various brands of beer.
Greg says the general rule for pairing beer and food is the same as wine and food. We want the beer and food to work together, not overpower each other. We want to try to accent certain flavors that are in the food, depending on the sauce, spices and main ingredient. When in doubt, always drink something that you know and enjoy!
The following are four food/beer pairings.
Hot Wings paired with Widmer Drifter Pale Ale. We need a full flavored beer to compete with the heat and spice of the hot wings. Widmer is a very "hoppy," pale ale that has a very unique citrus aroma and flavor that comes from the hops.
Pizza paired with Schell Bock. We want something to compliment the sweetness of the tomato sauce, the spices and the meat toppings. Schell Bock has a toasted malt sweetness and is very rich and smooth Nachos paired with Negra Modelo.
Because of all the possibilities of different cheeses, spices and toppings, what better than a beer from Mexico? Negra Modelo is a dark Mexican beer that is very smooth, without the typical “beer from Mexico” flavor. It has a light smokey flavor with a nice crisp finish, that will work will a wine variety of foods Sloppy Joes or BBQ
Sandwiches or Chili with New Belgium 1554. We want to focus on the sweet BBQ and sweetness of the sauce here. New Belgium has just that, a roasted, malty sweetness that will accent the BBQ sauce.