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.
|Vegetable Soup||Pale bitters, Porter, Brown ale, Pale ale, Pilsner lager, Vienna-style lager|
|Meaty Soup||Maltly Ales|
|Shellfish||Stouts, Porters, Belgian wheat beers|
|Fish||German lagers, light bitters, Belgian wheat beers, Dry porter, oatmeal stout, best bitter, German Pilsner|
|Pâté||Milds, Strong dark lagers|
|Quiches & Soufflés||Light bitters|
|Beef||Full-bodied bitters, Fruity ale, Indian pale ale, British brown ale, Porter, Bock|
|Pork||Pilsners, Bavarian wheat beers, strong dark lagers|
|Lamb||Spicy malty ales, dark lagers|
|Chicken||Lagers, wheat beers|
|Game||Malty ales, Trappist ales|
|Sausages||Full-bodied bitters, dark lagers, Bavarian wheat beers, German Weizen, Oktoberfest, German Rauchbier|
|Meat Pies||Full-bodied bitters|
|Barbecue||Smoked beers, dark lagers|
|Oriental||Wheat beers, ginger & spiced beers|
|Curries & Mexican||Strong IPAs, premium lagers, Vienna-style lager, Hoppy Pilsner, golden ale, wheat beer|
|Salads||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|
|Ploughmans||Hoppy, fruity bitters|
|Egg Dishes||German weissbier, Belgian witbier, oatmeal stout, wheat beer|
|Mild Cheese||Light bitters|
|Medium Cheese||Full-bodied ales|
|Mature & Blue Cheese||Trappist ales, old ales, barley wines|
|Chocolate & Coffee||Porters, stouts, Belgian fruit beers|
|Apple & Banana||Bavarian wheat beers|
|Spiced||Bavarian wheat beers|
Kindly reproduced with permission of Graham Kingham of the Craft Brewing Association