Greg’s General Rules

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.

6 Responses

  1. greenglass4

    Terry, sorry to hear about your new “segment”. Grand Forks has problems with “binge drinking”, alcoholism, and under age drinking. Why in the world would you have a “segment” promoting “booze” and drinking and Happy Harrys ?Each Thursday ? “Beer and food work together” Wow ? A real dissappointment ! Hope this “segment” is dropped like a hot potato ! Thanks. greenglass4

  2. frostymug4

    Terry, I guarantee the previous post is not the opinion of most. Most of us can enjoy a few beers or glass of wine without binging. The people the commenter speaks about are certainly not going to be affected at all by this segment. I don’t see it as “promoting booze”, I see it providing a little education for a casual drinker like myself and the chance to try something a little unique. My wife and I picked up some New Belgium 1554 to go with the small Super Bowl gathering we are hosting. (chili and various breads on the menu) Terry, don’t let one really silly opinion make you think about pulling the segment. I found in interesting and informative.

  3. greenglass4

    Well Terry and Frosty, if one of your readers or listeners dies in car accident after drinking your latest drink suggestion, are you liable ? I think so for promoting underage bingeing ! Think about it WDAZ !

  4. Mr. Grip

    Greenglass4 get a grip. First of all you mention “for promoting underage bingeing !” (sic) Terry doesn’t mention, promote or come anywhere near saying this. When you have to lie to try prove your point, you’ve already failed.

    Second, you seem to think a blog about what beer goes well with a certain food has the power to make a teen who isn’t interested in drinking suddenly want to binge. Or, that an adult who is a casual drinker and reads this blog might instantly feel the need to become very intoxicated. I think Terry is one of the funniest and most original people in the media in the valley. But, with apologies to Terry, neither he or his blog have that kind of power. Maybe the 30 or so beer commercials a kid might see during the Super Bowl might, but not a posting about what beer goes well with pizza. Time for a reality check, greenie!

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