Food and Beer Pairing

I’ve been lazy about updating this page. I had a nice chart that won’t work on this site. So I’ve put it on my TexasBreweries.com site.

Here are the basics of Beer and Food Pairing, from Examiner.com:
•Lighter beers are best paired with lighter foods.  Likewise, heavy beers are a perfect match for rich and decadent foods.  Similarly, sweet beers should be served with sweet dishes and tart beers with tart dishes.
•Beer should never be served with wine or liquor infused dishes.
•If the meal is infused with a beer, that beer should be served with the meal.
•Hoppy (bitter) beers should be paried with meals that won’t be masked by the beer’s intense flavor.
•Spicy foods should be paired with malty beers to help cut the heat.
•Robust beers and dark chocolate are a classic pairing.
BJCP Beer Style Pairings
Sources: AHA Beer & Food Matching Chart, The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food, Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink, BeerAdvocate.com
BJCP Style Category
Category 1 – Light Lager (Light American Lager, Standard American Lager, Premium American Lager) – Lighter food: salad, seafood, pork; spicy Asian Cajun, Latin; Wisonsin butterkäse or other soft mild cheese; light desserts: blueberry trifle, cranberry-apple cobbler. bread: sandwiches, panini, falafel; light fish, shellfish; mild sausages; pork; hefty salads; eggs Benedict. lighter foods: chicken, salads, salmon, wiesswurst. German Food; Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss cheeses; Salad, Pork, Fish, Shellfish.
Category 2 – Pilsner (German Pilsner (Pils), Bohemian Pils, Classic American Pilsner) – lighter foods: chicken, salads, salmon, bratwurst; mild white Vermont cheddar; light desserts: lemon shortbread, fresh berries with sabayon. spicy dishes: Thai, Vietnamese, Indian food, Jamaican food, Mexican food; shellfish (but not scallops), seafood, caviar; ham, Gruyère and ham sandwich; mixed hor d’oeuvres. lighter foods: chicken, salads, seafood, bratwurst. Cuisine (Japanese, German) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack) General (Apéritif) Meat (Poultry, Fish).
Category 3 – European Amber Lager (Vienna Lager, Oktoberfest) – Mexican or any hearty, spicy food; chicken, sausage, pork; jalapeño jack; mango or coconut flan, almond biscotti, spice cake with pine nuts. charbroiled steak, Stilton, bernaise sauce; venison; pork; roast chicken and turkey; grilled vegetables; American pizza; burgers; sausages; fried fish; mild crab cakes; smoked trout. Mexican cuisine, spicy food; chicken, sausage, milder cheeses. Cuisine (Latin American, German) Meat (Pork, Poultry).
Category 4 – Dark Lager (Dark American Lager, Munich Dunkel, Schwarzbier) – hearty, spicy food: salads, seafood, pork, barbecue, sausages, roasted meat; spicy Asian, Cajun, Latin; white cheddar jack, brick; passionfruit bread pudding, pears poached in dopplebock; washed-rind Münster; pomegranate tart with walnuts, candied ginger pear cake. pork; German food; venison, dumplings, sausage, wurst of all kind, Italian sausage; roast chicken; brussels sprouts; robust fish in darker preparations; Chinese food: sweet and sour pork, Szechuan, sesame noodles, crispy duck; Mexican mole sauces; grilled steak, burgers; blackened food; black-eyed peas, dirty rice, okra, jambalaya, paella; sausage (especially grilled); ham; dark bread. hearty, spicy food; barbecue; sausages, roast meat; bread pudding. Cuisine (German) Meat (Smoked Meat, Game, Grilled Meat)
Category 5 – Bock – (Maibock/Helles Bock) – Spicy food: Thai or Korean barbecue; fried chicken; Emmenthal Swiss cheese;Apple almond strudel, white chocolate sheesecake, honey walnut souflée. (bock, dopplebock, eisbock) – venison, moose, duck, goose, wild boar, mushrooms, cooked carrots, pork, potatoes, sausage (except spicy); Mexican food; Tex-Mex; ham; custard; crème brûlée. rich roasty foods: duck; chocolate cake. Cuisine (German) Cheese (buttery; Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, earthy; Camembert, Fontina) General (Chocolate) Meat (Game).
Category 6 – Light Hybrid Beer (cream ale, blond ale) – Lighter food: chicken, salmon, bratwurst; Monterey Jack cheese, brick or similar lilght nutty cheese;light apricot or mandarin cake;lemon custard tart. lighter food and snacks. Cuisine (Italian, Middle Eastern) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack) General (Salad) Meat (Fish). (Kölsch) – lawn mower beer; salads; delicate fish; lobster, clams, shrimp, crab (not too spicy); brunch: eggs benedict; grilled ham and swiss sandwich; grilled pork chops. lighter foods: chicken, salads, salmon, bratwurst. Cuisine (German) General (Salad) Meat (Pork, Fish, Shellfish). (American wheat/rye) – Wheat: very light foods: salads, sushi, vegetable dishes; buffalo mozzarella or Wisconsin brick cheese; too light for dessert, but maybe fresh berries or fruit soup. great for summer food, salads; very mild fish; brunch: cheese omelette, andouille omelette, chorizo sausage, huevos ranchero, bacon, sausage. salads; lighter food like chicken or sushi; simple cheeses. wheat: Cuisine (Latin American, German) Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina) General (Salad) Meat (Poultry). dark wheat: Cuisine (Barbecue, Latin American) Cheese (nutty; Asiago, Colby, Parmesan) General (Chocolate) Meat (Salmon). rye: Cuisine (German) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack) General (Salad) Meat (Pork).
Category 7 – Amber Hybrid Beer (Northern German Altbier) – Hearty foods: roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon; aged Gouda or crumbly Chesire; Almond or mape-walnut cake, pear fritters, cashew brittle. pork; sausage; burgers; cassoulet; mexican food; pizza; fatty fish: salmon, crab cakes. (California Common) – charbroiled steak, lamb chops, burrito, shrimp quesadilla. mid-intensity food: roast pork, smoked sausage or salmon, cocunut-breaded shrimp! Cuisine (Barbecue) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, tangy; Brick, Edam, Feta) General (Salad) Meat (Pork, Poultry, Fish, Shellfish). (Düsseldorf Altbier) – Hearty foods: roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon; aged Gouda or crumbly Chesire; Almond or mape-walnut cake, pear fritters, cashew brittle. pork; sausage; burgers; cassoulet; mexican food; pizza; fatty fish: salmon, crab cakes. mid-intesity foods: roast pork, smoked sausages or salmon. Cuisine (German) Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina) Meat (Smoked Meat, Game, Grilled Meat).
Category 8 – English Pale Ale (Standard/Ordinary Bitter, Special/Best/Premium Bitter) – roast chicken or pork, fish & chips; Mild English cheese (lancashire or Leicester); Oatmeal-raisin-walnut cookies or some other satisfying basic dish. seafood, especially salmon, smoked or kippered fish, fish & chips; pork, roasted or fried poultry, red meat, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie. roast chicken or pork; classic with curry. Cheese (tangy; Brick, Edam, Feta). (Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)) – seafood, especially salmon, fish & chips,pork, roasted or fried poultry, red meat, pork chops, game, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie; grilled meats, steak, roasted poultry; spicy food, Cajun food; sandwiches (except tuna salad); pasta with cream sauces; darker flavored seafood, chicken potpie. Cuisine (Barbecue, Indian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar: buttery; Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, nutty; Asiago, Colby, Parmesan) Meat (Pork, Game, Fish, Shellfish).
Category 9 – Scottish and Irish Ale (Scottish Light 60 to Scottish Heavy 70 Schilling) – salads, roasted meats, lamb, game birds, ham, sausages, pork and chicken, roasted grilled or steamed vegetables. lighter food: simple cheeses, lighter preparations of salmon and chicken. Scottish 80 Schilling – salads, roasted meats, lamb, game birds, ham, sausages, pork and chicken, roasted grilled or steamed vegetables; venison, fuity mild cheeses, crème brûlée. lighter food: moderately intense cheeses, lighter preparations of salmon and pork. (Irish Red Ale) – salads, roasted meats, lamb, game birds, ham, sausages, pork and chicken, roasted grilled or steamed vegetables; venison, fuity mild cheeses, crème brûlée. Strong Scotch Ale – Roasted or grilled beef, lamb, game, smoked salmon; Aged sheep cheese; Mizithra or Idiazabal (smoked!); sticky toffee pudding or chocolate chip shortbread. salads, roasted meats, lamb, game birds, ham, sausages, pork and chicken, roasted grilled or steamed vegetables; venison, fuity mild cheeses, crème brûlée. sticky pudding and other substantial desserts. Cheese (buttery; Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss) Meat (Smoked Meat, Salmon).
Category 10A – American Pale Ale – meat pie, English cheese; great with a burger;Cheddar or Derby with sage cheese; pumpkin flan, maple bread pudding, bananas Foster. Tex-Mex, Mexican food; Thai food; Vietnamese food; burgers; strong, oily fish; shellfish. wide range of food: classic with a burger. Cuisine (Pan Asian) Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina, nutty; Asiago, Colby, Parmesan, tangy; Brick, Edam, Feta) General (Salad) Meat (Poultry)
Category 10B – American Amber Ale – chicken, seafood, burgers; spicy cuisine; Port-Salut or other lightly tangy chees; Poached pears wuth dule de leche, banana pound cake, pecan lace cookies. pizza, roast chicken; Cajun food; Caribbean Food; stronger oilier fish; cured meats: ham, prosciutto, pastrami. chicken, seafood, burgers; spicy cuisine. Cheese (sharp; Blue, Cheddar) Meat (Beef, Poultry, Fish).
Category 10C – American Brown Ale – Hearty foods: roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon; aged Gouda or crumbly Chesire; Almond or maple-walnut cake, pear fritters, cashew brittle. BBQ!; grilled foods; steak; roast beef sandwich; Mexican food. chicken, seafood, burgers; spicy cuisine. Cuisine (Barbecue) Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina, nutty; Asiago, Colby, Parmesan) General (Chocolate) Meat (Beef)

Category 11A – Ale - cured meat, red meat, barbecue, game, cheese; steak (especially Brown ales); almost any beef dish (including beef stew), milder chili; sweetbreads and scallops, seared foie gras; classic ploughman’s lunch; Mexican food; mushroom; roasted meats and a wide range of hearty foods; Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack) General (Chocolate) Meat (Grilled Meat)

 

11B Southern English Brown – Hearty foods: roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon; aged Gouda or crumbly Chesire; Almond or mape-walnut cake, pear fritters, cashew brittle; cured meat, red meat, barbecue, game, cheese; steak (especially Brown ales); almost any beef dish (including beef stew), milder chili; sweetbreads and scallops, seared foie gras; classic ploughman’s lunch; Mexican food; mushrooms; roasted meats and a wide range of hearty foods; Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina, nutty; Asiago, Colby, Parmesan) Meat (Pork, Grilled Meat)

11C Northern English Brown – Hearty foods: roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon; aged Gouda or crumbly Chesire; Almond or mape-walnut cake, pear fritters, cashew brittle; cured meat, red meat, barbecue, game, cheese; steak (especially Brown ales); almost any beef dish (including beef stew), milder chili; sweetbreads and scallops, seared foie gras; classic ploughman’s lunch; Mexican food; mushrooms; roasted meats and a wide range of hearty foods; Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina, nutty; Asiago, Colby, Parmesan) Meat (Pork, Grilled Meat)

12A Brown Porter – roasted or smoked food: barbecue, sausages, roasted meat, blckened fish; cow milk chees (Tilsit, Gruyère); Chocolate peanut butter cookies, toasted cocunut cookie bars; Porter’s roast picks up char flavors in grilled food: steaks, burgers, chicken and pork, even vegetables; ribs, and meatloaf; Rueben sandwich, pumperknickle bread; Mole Poblano; game; chocolate desserts, souflée and mousse, light chocolate cakes; roasted and smoke food; barbecue, sausages; chocolate chip cookies; Cuisine (Barbecue, Latin American) Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina) General (Chocolate, Dessert) Meat (Beef, Shellfish, Smoked Meat, Grilled Meat)

12B Robust Porter – Porter’s roast picks up char flavors in grilled food: steaks, burgers, chicken and pork, even vegetables; ribs, and meatloaf; Rueben sandwich, pumperknickle bread; Mole Poblano; game; chocolate desserts, souflée and mousse, light chocolate cakes; roasted and smoke food; barbecue, sausages; chocolate chip cookies; Cuisine (Barbecue, Latin American) Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina) General (Chocolate, Dessert) Meat (Beef, Shellfish, Smoked Meat, Grilled Meat)

12C Baltic Porter – Porter’s roast picks up char flavors in grilled food: steaks, burgers, chicken and pork, even vegetables; ribs, and meatloaf; Rueben sandwich, pumperknickle bread; Mole Poblano; game; chocolate desserts, souflée and mousse, light chocolate cakes; roasted and smoked food; barbecue, prime rib; chocolate cake; Cuisine (Barbecue) Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina) Meat (Beef, Smoked Meat, Game, Grilled Meat)

 

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4 Responses to Food and Beer Pairing

  1. I love your site. what more could you ask for Beer and food pairing. the only thing is missing is BBQ. I look forward in trying some of your recipes. I have a great Barbeque Sauce with a splash of beer and a drop of bourbon it taste awesome. Keep up the great work.

  2. Scott says:

    I’d love to send you samples of my products to pair with beer – I think we can cross promote our sites with success.

  3. Troy says:

    Where is the rest of this post? It ends with the English Brown Ale but no description.

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