Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite summer drinks. A drink that really goes with anything, it quenches your thirst and is the perfect addition to small or large gatherings. I am of course referring to beer! I thought I would honor it today since it is World Beer Day (that is celebrated every first Friday of August).
You may be well acquainted with all the types of beer and their flavors but how well do you know what types of food suit each one? This is exactly what I will try to help you with! First of all, let’s talk about the different types of flavor combinations you can have with each type of beer (or at least the most popular ones) and then I will carry on to tell you all about what types of foods you can create by adding beer.
If any of you are real beer fans, this is definitely a diary post you have to read! Let’s start at the beginning…
When we talk about beer, we are referring to the most ancient drink in the world! We owe our thanks for its existence to the Sumerians since it is said that they discovered it – by mistake! around 3.000-2.800 B.C. How did this happen? They forgot the porridges they had boiled outdoors, which were made from cereal and water, and they were “brewed” by the air! It was as simple as that and the first beers in the world were born and nowadays that simple “accident” has grown into a form of art! A form of art that spread all over the world and conquered everyone in its passing. The Chinese are the leaders in the amount of beer produced and the Europeans follow close behind. The United States is in third place, fourth is Brazil and fifth is Russia.
Now that I’ve told you the basics about beer we can now move on to my specialty… This is none other than the correct pairing of each type of beer with the correct types of food that suit it best. Each type of beer is formed while each beer is produced according to the raw materials used, (barley, malt, yeast, hops and water or rice, wheat, corn, sugar etc.) the types of yeast, color, alcohol amounts and calories…
All this means….
· If you are looking for the perfect pairing for some light summer dishes like salads and seafood – Then a Pilsner Lager is exactly what you need! This particular beer can also pair well with chicken or salmon. Lagers pair up well with some “heavy” types of cuisine such as Mexican, Indian and Thai since they have the capability to “wipe out” the heat from the spices used in this type of cooking very successfully!
Have you ever thought of hanging out on your balcony or porch with a variety of aged cheeses and watch the stars? Then you definitely have to bring a Pale Ale that suits the more heavy and rich flavors.
How about a shellfish menu? Then you definitely say “Yes!” to Stout beer as well as a cold Pilsner Lager. Stout beers also pair wonderfully with a special chocolate dessert.
For fish you should always prefer a Weiss which has the characteristic hint of citrus.
For the more sweet or sour recipes you should choose a fruity kind of beer that can easily pair up with salads or a platter full of white soft cheeses.
Meats and sausages “love” Porter beers which also pair up well with shellfish.
Now! You can also include the unique taste of beer by adding it directly to your food instead of having it “on the side”! What do I mean? Take a look at the following recipes and you will immediately understand. All you need to do is try one of them and you will know why I insist on talking about these great recipes with beer!