July 11, 2014

Beer Pairing Tips from Odin Brewing

New to our draft beer line up is Odin Brewing's Gift Ruby Ale.

Have you ever wondered what you should eat with your beer?

Compliments of Seattle's Odin Brewing … Beer Pairing Tips or Not?!

  •   The
    more hop bitterness the beer has, the heartier or livelier the meal
    needs to be to hold its own. Don’t overwhelm your palate or meal and
    ruin what the chef was trying to achieve.
  •   Another
    general rule is keep sweet with sweet, and tart with tart. Try to keep
    your beer sweeter or tarter than the sweet or tart food on the plate.
    There are exceptions, like pairing drier robust beers with sweet
    chocolates.
  •   Throw
    all of the rules out the window and experiment with contrasting and
    complimentary pairings. Match foods with complimentary flavors, or try
    contrasting them and create a slew of unique results.
  •   For
    those of you who are bound to the wine pairing school of thought, think
    of ale as red wine and lager as white wine. Hoppy beers can also be
    used in place of a pairing that calls for an acidic wine. Though it
    honestly doesn’t matter, these tips might help you to convert your
    taste buds over to beer—or those of a friend—over to beer.
  •   Taste
    is very subjective and what works for one person might not work for
    another. If it tastes good to you, then go for it. However, also be
    open to suggestions, as these tend to come with some knowledge and
    possible palate enlightenment.