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How to pair beer with various dishes

We'll tell you a secret, in Tuscany we don't just drink wine!

Tuscan craft breweries have now become institutions for the sector, offering valid and varied products and also establishing themselves at an international level, to the point that even the Ministry of Agriculture has started a product protection process for some years.

For our Online Shop, we at Spilucco have chosen 2 of the best Tuscan craft breweries, such as the Piccolo Birrificio Clandestino of Livorno and the Opificio Birraio of Lorenzana (Pi), both for the quality of the products and the manufacturing processes and for their connection with the territory.

Let's get to the point, for us lovers of good food the success of a meal can only depend on the right pairing of drinks, and when it comes to beer and food the possibilities are endless and often depend on personal taste. However, we know that each beer has its own characteristics which do not always go hand in hand with any dish, so it is important to know some classic combinations to make your meal even tastier.

In this article, we will explore the various types of beer, how to pair them with various dishes and suggestions from our shop .

Lager beer

Lager beer is light and refreshing, with a slightly bitter flavor and low alcohol content. It pairs well with light, delicate dishes such as salads, seafood, grilled chicken and sushi. Additionally, lager pairs well with spicy flavors, so it's a great choice to accompany spicy Mexican or Asian dishes.

Pale Ale beer ( Demetra Pale Ale )

Pale ale beer has a bitter and hoppy taste, with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. It pairs well with medium-strength foods, such as burgers, pizza, soft cheeses and pork. Additionally, pale ale is a great choice to accompany spicy or smoky dishes, as its strong flavor can balance intense flavors.

India Pale Ale (IPA) beer ( Oimmena Session IPA )

IPA beer has a hoppy and bitter taste, with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. It pairs well with spicy or very tasty dishes such as mature cheeses, Indian or Thai food, meat or fish tacos. Additionally, the high alcohol content of some IPAs can help counteract the intense flavors of spicy foods.

Stout beer ( Montinera Imperial Russian Stout )

Stout beer is a dark and full-bodied beer, with notes of coffee, chocolate and toast. It pairs well with foods of similar texture, such as meat stews, roasts and mature cheeses. Additionally, the stout goes well with desserts, such as dark chocolate or butter cookies.

Weiss beer

Weiss beer is a light, fresh wheat beer with notes of banana and clove. It pairs well with light dishes such as salads, seafood, grilled chicken and cutlets. Additionally, weiss is a great choice to accompany vegetarian dishes, such as tofu, as its light flavor does not overpower the delicate flavor of vegetable-based foods.

British Bitter Ale ( Santa Giulia British Brown Ale )

British Bitter Ale is a beer with a bitter and balanced flavour, with notes of malt and caramel. It pairs well with dishes with a strong flavor such as roasted meat, burgers, fish and chips. Additionally, Bitter pairs well with earthy and spicy flavors like mushrooms and sausages.

Belgian Ale ( Amber Glaux Belgian Ale )

Belgian Ale is a sweet and spicy beer, with notes of fruit, herbs and spices. It pairs well with dishes with a complex flavor such as strong cheeses, meat stews, red meat, game, fish or shellfish dishes and chips. Furthermore, Belgian Ale goes well with sweet flavors and desserts such as chocolate, Torta coi Bischeri, and fruit cakes.

American Golden Ale ( Noctua Golden Ale )
American Golden Ale is a beer with a light and refreshing flavor, with notes of citrus and hops. The recommended food pairings are with light and fresh dishes such as salads, seafood, grilled chicken, sandwiches and pizza. Additionally, Golden Ale pairs well with spicy flavors such as tacos, Mexican and Asian food.

In general, when choosing beer to accompany a meal, it is important to consider the flavor of the food and the beer. Additionally, it is important to consider the alcohol content of the beer, as a stronger beer can overpower the flavor of the food. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to pairing beer and food, so experiment and find your favorite pairings.


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