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Stephanie Says… Beer and Food Pairings

STEPHANIE SAYS IS TAKING OVER THIS WEEK! I am subbing in for Charlie this whole week so I would really appreciate feedback!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! For my American readers, I hope you are recovering nicely from your holiday.

Over the past weekend, it was Independence Day in America. We Americans usually celebrate with BBQ’s, coming together with family and friends and lots and lots of drinking. So what are you suppose to do if you have beer leftover? Why not try something different and out of the box. Do a beer and food pairing. I really love craft beer. Like wine, when you pair it with the right foods the taste and the flavors can be explosive.

Beer pairings are becoming more and more popular. One of my favorite shows that is all about craft beer and beer pairings is Brew Dogs on the Esquire Network. The hosts of the show know so much about beer and do some interesting stuff during the brewing process. It is actually pretty fascinating!

Anyways, back to the important stuff… beer and food!

I’m pretty sure the most popular beers that were consumed over this past weekend were American Wheat Ale and Amber Lager. There are so many different pairings that we could do with the leftover beers.

Pairings for American Wheat Ale:

sam summer american wheat ale

This beer is best paired with light foods such as salads, sushi and vegetables dishes. Want to be a tad classier? Best types of cheeses to pair this kind of beer is buffalo mozzarella or Wisconsin brick. It is the dessert round and you’re not sure what to pair it with? Generally this type of beer is too light for dessert but it could pair with fresh berries or a fruit soup.

Pairings for Amber Lager:

amber lager

This beer is best paired with hearty, spicy food, BBQ, hamburgers and chili. This beer is perfect in the summer with all the BBQ’s and gatherings. Want to pair it with cheese? Try it with white cheddar, jack or brick and see the difference in flavors. For dessert, try your Amber Lager with passion fruit bread pudding, or poached pears. YUM!!

Here are other pairings for some popular craft beers.  Please see below for more beer and food pairings.

Pale Ale:

pale ale

This beer has a wide range of food! Try it with a meat pie, English cheese, or why not both and have a burger! For a cheese pairing, try it with cheddar or derby. For dessert, pair your pale ale with a pumpkin flan, maple bread pudding or bananas Foster!

I’m tummy is starting to rumble!

India Pale Ale:

India Pale Ale

This beer is best paired with strong, spicy food for example something with curry. Or try it with a bold, sweet desserts like carrot cake. As for cheese, pair this beer with a milder blue such as gorgonzola or cambozola. Time for dessert? Pair your beer with caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake or persimmon rice pudding! You won’t regret it!

There are so many different types of beer and pairings that you really can make it your own. Below is a guide for craft beers and pairings.


As always, thank you for reading Stephanie Says!

I am always open for feedback.




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One comment on “Stephanie Says… Beer and Food Pairings

  1. Lisa N.
    July 7, 2014

    Not a beer drinker myself but interesting post.

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