The following are some more helpful guidelines for choosing the right beer for a particular meal
Pale ales with a high hop content pair perfectly with full-fat cheeses or other rich, fatty foods.
Brown ale complements most fish or chicken dishes.
High alcohol content, sweet-flavoured, malty beers go well with spicy hot foods or even sushi.
In general, sweet desserts cry out for an even sweeter beer.
Rich chocolate or coffee flavoured desserts can cope with an oatmeal stout’s deep chocolaty flavour.
Robust British real ales bring out the best in most red meat dishes.
Irish stout is the traditional accompaniment for oysters and complements a surprisingly wide range of seafood recipes.
Oriental style lagers or traditional brown ales are fantastic with Thai cuisine.
Pale bitters, Porter, Brown ale, Pale ale, Pilsner lager, Vienna-style lager
Stouts, Porters, Belgian wheat beers
German lagers, light bitters, Belgian wheat beers, Dry porter, oatmeal stout, best bitter, German Pilsner
Milds, Strong dark lagers
Quiches & Soufflés
Full-bodied bitters, Fruity ale, Indian pale ale, British brown ale, Porter, Bock
Pilsners, Bavarian wheat beers, strong dark lagers
Spicy malty ales, dark lagers
Lagers, wheat beers
Malty ales, Trappist ales
Full-bodied bitters, dark lagers, Bavarian wheat beers, German Weizen, Oktoberfest, German Rauchbier
Smoked beers, dark lagers
Wheat beers, ginger & spiced beers
Curries & Mexican
Strong IPAs, premium lagers, Vienna-style lager, Hoppy Pilsner, golden ale, wheat beer
Floral-hopped bitters, nutty, malty ales, wheat beers, Pilsner, Belgian Witbier, amber ale
Pizza & Pasta
Malty lagers, Vienna-style lager, hoppy American pale ale, Lambic beer
Hoppy, fruity bitters
German weissbier, Belgian witbier, oatmeal stout, wheat beer
Mature & Blue Cheese
Trappist ales, old ales, barley wines
Chocolate & Coffee
Porters, stouts, Belgian fruit beers
Apple & Banana
Bavarian wheat beers
Bavarian wheat beers
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