Pairing beer with food will lead you down an exciting road of discovery. With the diversity of beer and food, you can find winning combinations at every corner.
When we normally think of matching beer with food, we think of buffalo wings and chips. A TV set with a football game on is likely in your mind too. In this case it's not really about matching flavors, but washing down something greasey. But if that's all you use beer for with your food, you're really missing out.
Tasting beer and food together is something worth doing because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That rib eye steak is great on its own isn't it? And so is that stout? But when you combine the two – Yowza!
There really aren't any rules when pairing food – you like what you like. There are some guidelines however to get you started, and proven combinations that can bring some method to your madness.
Beer and Food Pairing Resources
Pairing Cheese with Beer – This is a post I did with guidelines and suggestions for pairing beer with cheese.
The Best Cheeses to Pair with an IPA – 3 cheeses that go brilliantly with an India Pale Ale.
Easy Beer & Chocolate Pairings with Chocolove – The Chocolove bars are easy to find and delicious. Use them to easily pair chocolate with beer.
Beer and Food Pairing Chart – This fantastic chart from the Brewers Association is very useful in finding the right matches.