– Reblog: 10 Beer & Food Pairing Trends We Love this Summer, CraftBeer.com
Whether dining out, attending a pairing event or simply cooking dinner at home, look for these pairs to breathe new life into your pairing palate this summer.
If you enjoy fresh chèvre or yogurt, you’re ready to try a gose. The surge of this almost-extinct beer style back into our glasses is the perfect answer to light, refreshing, slightly sour beers. More accessible than its barrel aged counterparts, gose is making a statement on beer lists and in pairings. Look for it to start off a meal as an aperitif, or pair with fresh cheeses, asparagus, and light desserts like a coconut or ricotta cake.
Heavier to lighter
Traditional pairing practice of lower alcohol beers to higher alcohol beers is no more. Look for lighter courses throughout the finish and dishes and pairings that leave the palate awake, alert and relaxed after finishing a meal.
Hops have always been on the top of so many other lists, and now it’s food’s turn to take them on and prove that hops can pair with light fish, raw fish, gentle dishes and, yes, even dessert and chocolate. Yes. Chocolate! Don’t just go out there and grab a Snickers and an IPA. That won’t work. It has to be done right, like a milk chocolate and toasted almond mousse with an IPA that has a dominant cascade profile.
So often we hear the line, “I had a bad IPA once, I don’t want an IPA.” Well, trained staff are finding a new tactic to get beer on the table. The language servers use when welcoming you has changed from, “Can I get you a beverage?” to “What are you looking for? Something crisp, clean and minerally for this hot day? Let me bring you something to try.” By going this new route, you have no idea if a cocktail, wine or beer was just described. Many restaurants are using this to get new palates to beer by talking about flavor profiles rather than style names.
For the full article, 10 Beer and Food Pairing Trends We Love for Summer By Adam Dulye, click here.
Its back and we’re ready to celebrate one of the best beer events of the year. We’ve had our handcrafted craft beer from all across America, but what about a little taste of Europe? Tour Europe at the 20th Annual Great European Beerfest – Pittsburgh’s first beer tasting event. Designed for any beer enthusiast, sample more than 100 premium beers from Belgium, Germany, the U.S. and more! Get access to rare and specialty beers hand-selected by the staff at the Sharp Edge.
Reserve your spot at one of three 3-hour sessions:
- Saturday, June 25, 3-6:00P
- Saturday, June 25, 7-10:00P
- Sunday, June 26, 2-5:00P
- $65 – General Admission Ticket includes a Sharp Edge tasting glass and the chance to sample over 100 beers. There will be live music and raffles. Food is available for purchase
- $75 – VIP Ticket includes a Sharp Edge tasting glass and the chance to sample over 100 beers. There will be live music and raffles. VIP admission includes food and exclusive beers not available to GA ticket holders.
Connoisseur Night – Friday, June 24, 7-10:00P
A beer lover’s perfect Friday night. A selection of hard to find beers, many from the Sharp Edge cellar. This year we will be pouring Sam Adams Triple Bock 1995, Gulden Draak Vintage 2008, Ommegang Three Philosophers vertical 2011/2012/2013 among others. Hors d’oeuvres included.
- $75 per person. Space is limited, get your ticket today!
TICKETS CAN BE BOUGHT HERE
25% of ticket sales benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia
2016 marks our 20th year celebrating the best of beers in this event. We hope you will join us.
There is nothing better than a rack of ribs. Except a rack of ribs and a cold beer. No matter what kind of ribs you like, you’ll probably want a beer to go with all that slow-cooked meat. When pairing ribs with beer, you want to reach for malt-forward beers that offer sweetness or roast. Crisp lagers are nice for their palate cleansing power, but super-bitter beers may harshly overpower the delicate flavors of the meat
This Father’s Day, show Dad you care by presenting him with slabs of ribs you’ve marinated, rubbed with spices, smoked, and slathered with homemade barbecue sauce. These recipes are loaded with bold flavors, and you can do most of the prep work the day before. And if grilling outdoors isn’t an option we even have a recipe for roasting ribs in the oven. With a little planning, you can master any one of these recipes like a barbecue pro. Dads just love that.
Get the full beer pairing guide here.
Country-Style Pork Ribs with Mustard-Beer Sauce (Fine Cooking)
Sweet-and-Sour Balsamic-Glazed Spareribs (Epicurious)
Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs (Bon Appétit)
Oven Barbecued St. Louis Ribs (Food.com)
Sweet-and-Spicy Ribs (Bon Appétit)
In honor of Father’s Day, we couldn’t decide on just one beer of the week. Every dad is different and has his own tastes and preferences, so he needs a beer or two that match. Yeah, you could get your dad some tools, but that is predictable. Give your dad something he can get excited about—Atwater Brewery’s Summer Party Variety Pack. This 12 pack features 12 summer favorites
Purple Gang Pilsner
A German-style pilsner it is a bit lighter and brighter than their Bohemian counterparts. It delivers a light malty sweetness yields to the fine flavor and aroma of the noble Tettnang hops.
ABV | 5.0%
IBU | 31
Summer Time Ale
An American Wheat beer that stands out and brings a distinct crispness. The Vienna malts help to create this distinct snap to the finish with dark wheat sprinkled throughout. A lemony, citrus finish comes through the ground lemon peel and grains of paradise.
ABV | 5.0%
Traverse City Cherry Wheat
We’re lucky to be close to the cherry capital of the world and now these Montmorency Cherries to help make this wheat beer. It tastes like totally cherry.
Dirty Blonde Ale
The name of this beer comes from the look of the pale straw used and golden hues. This ale offers a certain sweet maltiness with light fruity notes. The wheat helps to create a crispness on the back of the palate and the crushed orange peel and coriander are subtly added to provide a nice heady aroma.
ABV | 4.2%
IBU | 10
Can’t decide between a nice cold brew and a freshly squeezed margarita? Why choose when you can have them both in one deliciously refreshing drink dubbed the Coronarita! It’s the perfect combination of a margarita and a Corona that pairs perfectly with a hot summer day.
Grab your friends and get your limes ready because it’s five o’clock somewhere!
- 1 ¼ oz. Tequila
- ½ oz. Triple Sec
- 3 oz. Margarita Mix
- 1 Corona 7 oz. beer
- 1 lime wedge
½ Salt rim
Combine ingredients 1-3 in shaker with ice
Strain into glass with 2/3 ice
Invert Corona in clip on glass, garnish with lime wedge and serve
½ Salt rim
Combine ingredients 1-3 in blender with 1 cup ice
Blend until smooth
Pour into glass
Invert Corona in clip on glass, garnish with lime wedge and serve
Following last year’s 12-Pack brewstravaganza, Sierra Nevada is back again with a sampling of beers brewed with a number of other folks from around the country. Instead of making 12 different collaborative beers this time, the brewery grouped different outfits from six different regions in the US to create a half-dozen beverages. Yes, that means there’s two of each in the box. Some of the hottest names in craft beer were along for the ride this time around, including Trillium, Creature Comforts, Wicked Weed and Smog City — just to name a few. And, of course, Sierra Nevada had a hand in making each one, too.
While the number of different beers may be less this year, the quality certainly is not. There were a few of last year’s brews I didn’t really care for, and others I really liked. For the 2016 pack, I can honestly say I enjoyed them all. There wasn’t a miss in the whole box for me. Sure, there were some I felt more strongly about than others, but switching up the approach to the sampler pack did wonders for the overall quality as far as I’m concerned.
If you’re looking to try them yourself, you can still find the Beer Camp pack on shelves where Sierra Nevada is sold, but you’ll want to act quickly. If you’re into rankings, the beers are listed from least favorite to the one I liked the most. Half the fun of this was tasting through them all though, so I invite you to do the same, and in one sitting (with some friends) if you can. So, without further delay, let’s head to Beer Camp.
West Latitude (NorCal)
Style: Session Rye
Notes: Fruit hops and hibiscus flowers.
Breweries: Bear Republic Brewing Company, Faction Brewing Company, Mad River Brewing Company, Magnolia Brewing Company, Maui Brewing Company
If you’re a fan of rye beers, or even rye whiskey, you’ll want to start here. There’s a solid dose of spicy rye in a brew that’s not too heavy thanks to the lower ABV and fairly subtle maltiness. The beer even kind of looks like a whiskey, though it definitely drinks much easier.
Stout of the Union (Southwest)
Style: Robust Stout
Notes: Straightforward roasty stout.
Breweries: Bagby Beer Company, Beachwood Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Smog City Brewing Company, Societe Brewing Company
Robust is certainly an accurate description of this beer. It drinks like a higher ABV stout to me, mostly due to its silky smooth creamy body. There’s plenty of roast and maltiness here, with a good amount of bitter chocolate flavor as well. No special additions in terms of ingredients, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a solid member of the group. I’d save this one for after dinner, though.
Moxee-Moron (Pacific Northwest & Rockies)
Style: Imperial Session IPA
Notes: A tribute to the Pacific Northwest’s “hop bomb heritage.”
Breweries: Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Barley Brown’s Beer, Black Raven Brewing Company, Melvin Brewing, Odell Brewing Company
A heavy dose of hops is what you’ll get with this entry in the pack, but I found it to be a little smoother than a typical West Coast-style IPA. It’s not overly bitter or malty, the latter of which has plagued more than a few recent IPA releases I’ve come across. I found this to be rather standard compared to other beers in the group, but the quality overall is great across the board. Standard here still means it’s a damn good beverage.
Family Values (Midwest)
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
Notes: Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops, Illinois cocoa nibs and Sierra Nevada’s own estate-grown malt.
Breweries: August Schell Brewing Company, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Half Acre Brewing Company, Perennial Artisan Ales, Sun King Brewing
This Imperial Brown is another dessert option, in my opinion. Honey and chocolate sweetness dominate the nose, but the beer itself isn’t overly sweet. There’s a creaminess to the body like I noticed with the Robust Stout that makes this a very enjoyable brew. It’s a smidge higher in the ABV department than your standard brown, which also lends itself to a nice after dinner option.
Pat-Rye-Ot (Northeast & Mid-Atlantic)
Style: Pale Ale
Notes: Uses rye and apple cider for the “revolutionary” bit (Pat-Rye-Ot = Patriot, by the way), honoring some of the first ingredients used by American breweries in colonial times.
Breweries: Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Stoudts Brewing Company, Trillium Brewing Company
Here’s my runner-up. Rye is back in this Pale Ale alongside Delaware and Vermont apple cider. The combination of fruity sweetness and rye spice really struck a chord with me, as this beer is an interesting take on the Pale Ale style. If Sierra Nevada brings any of these back, this is one that would certainly get my vote.
Sweet Sunny South (Southeast)
Style: Table Beer
Notes: Southern flavors of tea, grits, honeysuckle, peaches, papaya, guava and prickly pear.
Breweries: Austin Beerworks, Bayou Teche Brewing, Creature Comforts brewing Company, Funky Buddha Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing
This North Carolina-based writer might be a bit partial, but I found the Southeast breweries to have the best beer in the pack. Those Southern flavors listed above combine in a Saison-like brew that has a really pleasant, yet subtle sweetness and earthiness that’s a staple of farmhouse styles. A perfect beer for a hot summer day, drinking alongside a meal or just enjoying at home. Let’s just say I’m glad there were two bottles of this in the box.
via Billy Steele for Paste Magazine.
There is no denying that the India Pale Ale is the reigning king of the craft beer world, but Luke Purcell has been around long enough to know that hasn’t always been the case. “The IPA craze is relatively new,” he explains. “When I first got into craft, going into a bar and finding a hop-forward beer was tough.” He would know. Luke has been a brewer at Great Lakes Brewing Co. for 20 years and knows the love for IPAs for won’t be ending anytime soon. As the popularity of IPAs grows, so do the number of variations and hybrids within the style. I sat down with Luke to talk about the IPAs at GLBC and the differences between them.
What qualities do IPAs typically have?
IPAs are a hop-forward ale that tend to have big pine and citrus flavors. While IPAs tend to be bitter, the balance between the hop and the sweetness of the malt is dependent upon the brewer’s preference. What’s cool about IPAs is that spectrum of flavors can be pretty big depending on the hops and the style they’re going for.
Why is that?
Craft brewers have turned almost every type of style of beer into an IPA-hybrid. Last time I checked, GLBC has brewed over 17 different IPAs. Black IPAs, coffee-infused IPAs, and American Wheat IPAs are all just a few examples of styles we’ve played with. Plus, with so many new hop varieties coming out, IPAs allow us to experiment with hops that don’t even have a real name yet.
What was the first IPA GLBC brewed?
Commodore Perry was our first. It’s definitely our most balanced IPA. Its bitterness from the hops is kept in check by the sweet malt bill, so it’s a real easy drinker. What’s interesting is that Commodore Perry was once considered a big hoppy beer when it first came out but is now considered relatively mild by today’s standards. It’s a great place to start if you aren’t familiar with IPAs.
Along with Commodore Perry, GLBC has two bottled IPAs out this summer: Steady Rollin’ Session IPA and Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA. What differences can I expect between the two of them?
Being an Imperial IPA, Lake Erie Monster is going to have more body backed with big hop flavor and a higher ABV. It drinks smooth, but everything about it is big, so it’s definitely a sipper.
Steady Rollin’ on the other hand, is the opposite. Steady Rollin’ is lighter in body and lower in ABV, but still comes with big tropical fruit flavors from the Mosaic hops we use. It’s a great beer to enjoy during the summer months because of how easy it is to drink. Refreshing is a good way to describe it.
I heard Lake Erie Monster is brewed using a Hopback. What is that?
Our Hopback is a tank that allows us to capture more hop oils later in the brewing process for bigger flavor and aroma. We fill the Hopback with whole-flower hops and send the Lake Erie Monster through it so we can get one more round of hop oil extraction before it hits the fermentation tanks. It’s basically our way of putting Lake Erie Monster on hop steroids.
Should I age my IPA?
Absolutely not. As a beer gets older, the hop flavor and aroma is always the first to go. Drink your hoppy beers as fresh as possible.
via Great Lakes Brewing Company
Rogue Spirits is known for brewing unique and adventurous creations such as their fan favorite “Sriracha’s Hot Stout Beer.” This curiosity for creating new flavors in ales and spirits continues as the brewery toasts to 7,140,289 honeybees on their Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. These busy bees are responsible for making “Honey Kolsh” and “Marionberry Braggot” possible. This endeavor is nothing new for the company, but they’re glad to bring the beer back to fans in a bigger, better and “bee-beer-er” way!
Get your taste buds ready for a treat as Rogue’s honeybee ales are soon on their way.
For more information on the making process, click here.
If you’re looking for a beer with a citrus twist and that is wildly refreshing, we’ve got just the option for you. Imagine a breezy summer day and you’re enjoying fruit with your feet in a pool. An ideal day such as that calls for an ideal beer. One of DuClaw Brewing Company’s most popular brews is “Morgazm.” Based on the name, you might be able to infer that is an undeniably delicious experience.
The beer has a medium body, mild hops and a light fruity taste thanks to the dry hop process of Citra hop notes of lemon and grapefruit. It has the smooth drinkability of a “Bare ass Blonde Ale.” Let the sensory experience of taste and aroma carry you through a memorable experience that will have you wanting more.
Want to know more this beer?
ABV: 5 | IBU: 19
It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh! If you are not willing to shell out major bucks for a seat in the Consol, no problem! Root on the Pens at one of the many awesome bars Pittsburgh has to offer. Here are 5 of our favorite bars to raise a cold to the Pittsburgh Penguins:
1401 E Carson St
Designed for a good time, this South Side bar is all about cheering on the Pens to victory! From the drinks to the rooftop, Carson City Saloon is the ideal spot to go to for this Stanly Cup Final.
46 18th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Click here for other locations.
“Always famous, always a favorite.” This legendary bar is all about da ‘Burgh and welcomes all Penguins fans with the ultimate sammiches and cold brews.
563 Greenfield Ave
73 rotating taps, 100 different bottled beers, and specials on specials! This popular Greenfield bar is your go-to for any sporting event especially for game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
3911 Forbes Ave
It’s always a great day for playoff hockey at Hemingway’s Café! Making The Daily Meal’s 50 Best College Bars in America list, there is no doubt that Hemingway’s Cafe’ is one of Oakland’s finest bars.
4305 Butler St
With flat screens everywhere you turn and an extensive draft list, Industry Public House is perfect to quench your thirst in between “Let’s Go Pens!” chants.
Nothing beats a few cold ones after a summer activity or workout. Whether it’s hiking with friends, beach volleyball, or running, we’ve got a beer to quench your post-workout thirst.
Clocking in at 4.3% ABV, Take 5 is a top choice for weekday post-workout fun. You can enjoy a couple with friends without any major repercussions the next morning. Win-win.
Pairs well with: Post-work fun runs, jazzercising
Camp Wannamango, is a post/ activity beer no brainer. It’s thirst quenching and crisp which keeps you coming back for more of that mango-goodness.
Photo cred: @gearinstitute
Pairs well with: Swimming, canoeing, surfing
We’re focusing this blog on post-workout beers but let’s be honest, some activities are best with a beer in hand. Cue: Harpoon IPA. It’s the perfect choice for those mild activities where sitting and soaking up the scenery is the top priority.
Photo cred: @exploreuntilyoudie
Pairs well with: hiking, golfing
Brewed with orange peel and coriander, UFO White is the perfect post-activity beer when you’re looking for something a little different. It will bring you back to the good old days when mom packed you sliced oranges for half-time…except it’s beer, so it’s way better than that.
Pairs well with: Stand-up paddle boarding, white-water rafting, surfing, long romantic walks on the beach
Sweet with a hint of tartness, UFO Big Squeeze Shandy was basically made for any and all beach related activity. Do yourself a solid and have Big Squeeze Shandy handy to celebrate that rec league victory you just clenched.
Pairs well with: Beach volleyball and spike ball, kayaking
You know that feeling where you know you should workout but your couch sounds better so you decide to walk home from work instead of take the bus and call it a day? Sweet Spot is kind of like that. Not too hoppy and malty, but full of flavor…just right. Perfect for those days where you’re something is better than nothing.
Pairs well with: softball/baseball, speed walking, kickball
You might be familiar with Anchor Brewery in San Francisco and the fact that they produce “steam beer,” but what exactly is steam beer? Speaking in definitional terms, steam beer is a highly effervescent beer that is made by using lager yeasts at higher fermentation temperatures. The term originated in California from the mid-19th century during the Gold Rush and has stuck around over the years as modern breweries use the term in pride.
Anchor Brewing has been operating since 1896 and is the largest and prominent steam beer. That being said, they’ve got a pretty good understanding of it. They’re allowing a peak into the mysteries of their Anchor Steam Beer…
This popular Pilsener-style beer nods to the original Czech tradition, offering a crisp, golden and dry taste.
Pairs well with grilled chicken, sushi, salads, lightly spiced sausages.
A refreshing summer beer that will make your taste buds tingling wanting more. The wheat, barley and hops coalesce in this superb ale. The balance of malts and hops offer a pleasant bitter finish with a light sweetness from wheat.
Pairs well with fresh mozzarella, berries, gazpacho, light picnic fare, bbq.
Looking for something to chill out on those hot summer days? This light on the palate beer has a soft Pilsner malt character and a distinct citrus hop aroma deriving from dry-hopped additions of Citra hops. A refreshing bitterness that keeps you wanting more.
Offering the beautiful aroma of flowers, this brand new summer ale is brewed to bring the many elements of summer into a refreshing and easy-to-drink Belgian-style ale. It has a rich gold color and distinct floral hops which make earthy, fruity, and floral aromas. The body and flavor are clean and dry with a surprise of spicy notes.
How does a beer with real grated ginger roots sound to you? Pretty good I bet. The grated ginger roots give the beer a subtle aroma and a gentle kick of ginger flavor that makes it lightly refreshingly yet pleasantly spicy.
This beer is made with real tangerine and Madagascar vanilla but it is the summit and 7c’s hop, two-row malt, and a touch of lactose that make this effervescent beer a citrusy, creamy summertime treat.
An America wheat beer that is brewed with real watermelon for a flavor that is surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing. This beer undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon.
Abita’s Summer seasonal is a traditional pilsner with a full bodied malt flavor, hop bitterness and a light golden color.
Pairs well with grilled chicken, salmon garden salads, most Asian cuisines, spicy Mexican food, and mild white cheeses.
The crisp, clean flavors of Anchor Summer Wheat offers a refreshingly light, thirst-quenching American-style filtered wheat beer. Fermented with a traditional top-fermenting “ale” yeast, it yields a clean balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of its 50% malted wheat.
Pairs well with grilled chicken, salmon garden salads, most Asian cuisines, spicy Mexican food, and mild white cheeses.
Breckenridge Brew’s answer to a poolside or sprinklerside beer. This beer combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific Northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for summer days.
This beer was brewed to celebrate Old Bay’s 75th anniversary and proceeds benefit True Blue. Taste-wise, it has bright citrus hop notes and crisp, tart finish.
Pairs well with a shrimp, corn and Maryland Blue Crab
IPA with vibrant citrus flavor from the juice blood oranges. Finishes with smooth without any lingering bitterness.
Pairs well with a Royale with Cheese
This perfect festival beer is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will leave your taste buds dancing.
Take a hoppy walk down Long Trail’s many brews and find yourself at a landscape of pine, resin and tropical fruits. The mirage you’re looking at is reality. Presenting, Long Trail Brewing Company’s Green Blaze IPA, the newest year-round offering of their family of ales. It features big pine, tropical fruit and resin hop notes with a light, biscuit malt backbone. Get your six pack of bottles or cans and find out what adventure tastes like.
Beer is best enjoyed with a delicious meal? Green Blaze IPA pairs well with blue cheeses, sharp cheddar, Colby, grilled meats, barbecue, hamburgers, spicy dishes, tacos, blackened chicken, pickled vegetables, shellfish and most importantly…outdoor adventure.
COLOR: Pale Amber
Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season and FINALLY the ‘Burgh will be feeling the summer heat. What better way to cool down on this long hot weekend than with an iced cold brew? Whether you are at BBQ or pool party, sip on these 5 beers that are guaranteed to quench any thirst.
1. Sam Adams Summer Ale
Crisp and tangy with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise. Golden, hazy and thirst quenching, this American wheat ale balances bright citrus, Noble hops & spice for a lively brew that’s perfect on any summer day.
2. Blue Moon
Belgian White Ale. Brewed with oats for creaminess and spiced with the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. An unfiltered wheat ale spiced in the Belgian tradition for an uncommonly smooth taste.
3. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple has a bright, crisp apple flavor, just like biting into a fresh apple. It is a perfect balance of sweetness and bright acidity from culinary apples and dryness of traditional cider making apples, resulting in a complex, yet refreshing, hard cider.
4. Curious Traveler
The perfect shandy for any sunshine lovin’ traveler. Curious Traveler is a take on a classic European Shandy that has been brewed for generations. They start with an American craft wheat ale, which delivers a crisp, light body then add a fresh lemon and just a touch of lime to bring out a bright, juicy citrus aroma and flavor. Simply, the Curious Traveler is “Quite a Refresher!”
5. Not Your Father’s Root Beer
Bring on summer and bring on Not Your Father’s Root Beer! This hard root beer has silky, smooth and satisfying finish. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those don’t typically drink beer, but crave something unique!