Beer and Food Pairings, Men’s Fitness

Old Rasputin Imperial Stout (PHOTO: North Coast Brewing Co.)

If someone ordered an Indian Pale Ale with their cheese, would that be so wrong? No. It’s all about personal preference after all. Wine always has its place beside any aged, dairy delicacy—or other less moldy edibles—but a perfect lager or ale can stand up to any red or white vino when pairing food and drink.

“Beer is a great match for food because of the complexity of its flavors, its ability to provide refreshment and to interact with many food flavors,” says Marc Stroobandt, master beer sommelier for the Food and Beer Consultancy, UK. “Even before the meal, beer already is doing its work for food pairing as the hops stimulate the appetite.”

When pairing beer and food, it all comes down to matching the food’s flavors to the flavors of the beers. We went directly to the experts to get their advice on mating the best brews with your favorite bites. Read entire story

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~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on April 27, 2010.

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