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Beer & Beer Pairings

From local microbrews to popular "by the case" beers, we’ve got an impressive variety of beer at prices that are easy on the budget.

Pairing beer with food can be almost as complex as pairing wines – there are definitely certain combinations that can enhance a meal and certain foods, like chili or pizza, that beer lovers wouldn’t dream of eating without the right brew.

Here’s a simple chart to get you started:

 

 
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Food Pairings
Cheese pairings
Belgian Witbier

Belgian Witbier

Moderately sweet unfiltered with orange, citrus and coriander aromas.

Pairs well with citrus–flavored dishes. Great with salads topped with feta or goat cheese as well as ceviches.

Smoked Gouda, Chevre

American Wheat Beer

American Wheat Beer

Very refreshing, slightly tart hop flavor with subtle citrus aroma.

Complements light dishes like salads and seared seafood.

Chevre, Brie, Camembert

Hefeweizen

Hefeweizen

Full bodied, sweet and fruity, unfiltered with unique clove and banana aromas.

Classically paired with sausage. An excellent contrast with strong flavors such as mustard, pickles, horseradish and cured meats.

Aged Gouda, Feta

Blonde Ale

Blonde Ale

Smooth malty sweetness and balanced bitterness. Clear, crisp and dry with a light body from higher carbonation.

Pairs perfectly with sweet, hot, or spicy foods including many Asian dishes, chili, mango or jalapeño salsa.

Brie, Camembert

Pale Ale

Pale Ale

Malty sweetness balanced by a woody or slightly floral hoppy bitterness.

Excellent pairing with flavors that are spicy, heat–charred, smoky, or aromatic.

Blue Cheese, Cheddar

India Pale Ale

India Pale Ale

Strong maltiness with prominent hoppy aroma & flavor.

Great choice for aromatic and highly spiced dishes, such as curry, and bold, sweet desserts. Excellent with stews and barbecue flavors.

Provolone, Parmigiano Reggiano, Blue Cheeses

Amber Ale

Amber Ale

Richer than pale ale with a toasty malt and medium body. Sweet caramel notes and citrusy aromas with smooth finish.

A great complement to spicy smoked foods such as chili, barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, and beef.

Gruyère, Aged Cheddar, Port Salut

Brown Ale

Brown Ale

Malty flavor balanced with hints of caramel and chocolate and sometimes carry a malty, nutty note.

Excellent with comfort foods like roasted pork and smoked sausage; complements the nutty aromatic flavors of Asian dishes including chicken satay and cashew chicken.

Cheddar, Gruyère

Porter

Porter

Roasted malt flavor complemented by nutty and toffee characteristics.

Complements smoked meats and bacon. Excellent choice when paired with chocolate, espresso and coffee–flavored desserts.

Gorgonzola, Parmigiano Reggiano

Stout

Stout

Dark roasted barley flavor, with a creamy richness and prevalent chocolate and coffee flavors.

Great choice for savory dishes with a nutty, braised, or caramelized flavor.

Aged Gouda, Irish Cheddar

Light Lager

Light Lager

Very mild in flavor, refreshing & thirst–quenching. Most popular style worldwide.

Excellent pair for light citrus flavors and with ginger, garlic and cilantro.

Morbier (discontinued), St Andre, Brie

American Lager

American Lager

Light bodied, very mild hops and malt with a crisp, dry finish.

Complements strong aromatic and spicy foods including Thai, Spanish and Mexican dishes.

Brie, Chevre

Pilsner

Pilsner

Thirst–quenching taste with a distinct hop aroma and flavor and a refreshing finish.

Great match for shellfish, tuna and salmon. Perfect with marbled meats and savory sauces.

Chevre, Brie, Camembert

Amber Lager

Amber Lager

Medium–bodied flavor of roasted, malty sweetness and well–balanced with a dry bitterness.

Excellent choice for Italian cuisine with tomato, basil and oregano flavors.

Manchego, White Cheddar

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Initial sweet malty flavors with a mild hop in aroma and finish.

Complements seared and char–grilled meats. Excellent with spicy Mexican foods.

Smoked Gouda, Gruyere

 

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