International Beer Day 2023: 8 Binge Foods To Pair With Beer
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Beer has been a beloved beverage for centuries, enjoyed at social gatherings, sporting events, and relaxing moments. It is a brewed beverage made from fermented cereal grains—most commonly barley, although wheat, maize (corn), rice, and oats are also used. Today, beer is brewed in virtually every country in the world.

Beers can be classified by their colour, flavour, alcohol content, and brewing method. It is a versatile beverage that can be enjoyed on its own or with food. There are thousands of different types of beer, each with its own unique flavour profile. Brews like stouts are served with food, and IPAs, or India Pale Ales, which are a type of ale known for their hoppy flavour, are often served with spicy food.

As beer enthusiasts know, pairing the right food with your favourite brew can elevate the overall experience by several notches. The interplay of flavours between beer and various foods, especially fried and spicy treats, as preferred by many, can enhance each other, making it a great experience for a nice, chill day or a raging party night. This International Beer Day, we will explore some of the best foods to pair with beer to enhance your drinking pleasure. Let us bring out our favourite can of beer and get ready to see what foods we can pair with the drink.

Pub-Style Snacks

When it comes to beer pairings, traditional pub-style snacks are a go-to choice. Pretzels, peanuts, and popcorn are classic options that complement the flavours of most beers. Their saltiness enhances the taste of the beer and encourages you to take another sip. Masala-coated fried peanuts are so popular as chakna that they basically go with every kind of alcoholic drink, including a pint of beer.

Cheese and Beer

Cheese and beer are a match made in culinary heaven. The range of cheese options is vast, and each type brings unique flavours to the table. Try pairing a creamy Brie with a crisp lager, a sharp cheddar with an IPA (India Pale Ale), or a rich blue cheese with a robust stout. The contrasting tastes create a great overall drinking experience.

Barbecue Delights

Recipe - Home Cooking Adventure

The smoky and grilled flavours of barbecue dishes work exceptionally well with a lager or Pilsner beer. Whether it's grilled sausages, barbecue chicken wings, or succulent ribs, the smokiness complements the maltiness of beer and balances out its bitterness. So, this International Beer Day, set up an evening party with barbeque and beer to celebrate the day with your friends.

Spicy Delicacies

Beer's carbonation and coolness help soothe the palate when indulging in spicy foods. Pair your favourite brew, like an IPA or a dark stout, with spicy chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, or momo with super spicy chutney to tame the heat while appreciating the dynamic flavour combination. A plate of chicken 65 or mutton barra can also be great options.

Seafood Sensations

Recipe - Afroz Kitchen

Lighter beers like pilsners or wheat beers pair wonderfully with seafood dishes. Enjoy a crisp beer with fresh oysters, grilled shrimp, or beer-battered fish to enhance the flavours of both the beer and the ocean's bounty. A spicy prawn masala or fish and chips can be your go-to accompaniments with beer.

Pizza and Beer

Yes, we know you were waiting for this "match made in heaven" kind of combination! The true definition of a chilled-out day is a beer with a cheesy slice of pizza. They are a classic pairing that never disappoints. The versatility of pizza toppings allows you to experiment with different beer styles. Pair a hoppy IPA with a meat lover's pizza or a refreshing lager with a veggie-loaded slice for a satisfying combination.

Burgers and Brews

The hearty nature of big, loaded, cheesy burgers calls for a beer with enough character to stand up to their richness. Pair a juicy burger with a malty amber ale, a robust porter, or a hoppy American pale ale for an indulgent treat. And if you want to go full Desi, crack open a beer and enjoy it with delicious vada pao or keema pao!

Desserts and Beer

Beer can be an unexpected but delightful accompaniment to desserts. Consider pairing a sweet stout with chocolate cake, a fruit-infused beer with a fruit tart, or creamy vanilla ice cream with a malty brown ale. The contrasting flavours create a memorable dessert experience. After all, from starters to dessert, what remains common is drinking beer and enjoying the day!

Pairing beer with the right foods is an art that can enhance your enjoyment of both. From pub-style snacks to Desi delicacies, there is a vast array of foods to explore and savour alongside your favourite brew. The key is to experiment and find combinations that resonate with your taste buds