We’ve mastered pairing wine and cocktails with food, but it’s now beer’s turn to be matched. Here are our three favourites.
Beer has always been the black sheep of food pairing. Apart from drinking stouts and porters with hearty winter meals, and crisp lagers with lighter nibbles, there seems to be a bit of confusion about what food we should eat with beer.
As a starting point, try three of our go-to food and beer pairings.
Tuatara Bavarian Hefe with Mussels
Big and bouncy, this Bavarian Wheat-inspired clocks in at 5 per cent ABV, and uses New Zealand and German malts. It gives flavours of ripe banana, vanilla, and clove, all of which is balanced by a slight tart finish. The base is slightly cloudy due to the higher portion of wheat.
Drink it with fresh mussels or crayfish.
Monteith’s Brewer’s Series IPA with Roast Pork
If you’re into rich maltiness and pork goodness, this pairing is for you. Cascade and special New Zealand hops create a fruity aroma with a healthy dose of bitterness in this beer. It’s a distinct Kiwi style with a hoppy flavour.
Give it a go with roast pork and apple sauce.
Emersons Pilsner with Creamy Risottos
This Kiwi classic is a delicious showcase for Nelson grown Riwaka hops. It’s a slightly fruity beer, which oozes citrus and passionfruit aromas and flavours. It has a hint of early malt sweetness but develops a lengthy dry finish.
This pilsner goes down a treat with creamy risottos or pastas, and is best served between a chilly 5 to 7 degrees.
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