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BBQ's and Beer...My Favorite Pairings
Lee Gilbert , Editor | Jul 8, 2014
Title: Editor
Topic category: Beers to try
FROM:Beerin' It

One of the best parts about summer is being able to head outside, turn on the grill, and make some delicious food. BBQ'ing is an experience, its about being outside with friends and family while enjoying some ice cold beers and eating some delicious food. When I think about summer time I think BBQ and Beer….Sprinkle in a little bit of Golf and you’ve got an excellent summer! The hardest part to this process is finding the right beer to drink based on what you are cooking…So after numerous testing this is what I have come up with!

Burgers: The classic BBQ’ing food and one of the most popular, the burger is pretty much a guest at any BBQ you attend. IPA’s are perfect for a good hearty burger. The hoppiness and bitterness really attract well with the burgers flavor of meat and salt and sweetness from the condiments you use. No matter what IPA you choose the more hoppy and bitter the more it will mesh with your burger to create the perfect dish. I suggest reaching for a Founders All Day IPA and or the wonderful Dogfish Head 90 Min IPA. The more hoppy 90 Min IPA really creates a great contrast of flavors combined with the burger and whatever you choose to put on top of it to create one beautiful and delicious combination. Another good brew to put with your burgers the contain bacon could be the smoked porter. A smoked porter really mixes well with the smokiness of the bacon and creates a distinct and delicious flavor. If you are searching for a porter I would suggest the Stone Smoked Porter and or the Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter. Both beers will compliment your food and make your BBQ’ing experience more enjoyable for everyone!

Grilled Seafood: Grilled Seafood and Beer go together perfectly. For this category of grilled excellence I suggest you go for a Pilsner or a Lager. These smooth and refreshing beers will not interfere with the delicate flavors of the seafood. Another angle you can take on the seafood aspect would be to drink a sour beer, as the tartness would go well with seafood as lemon and lime are both used on a regular basis while eating seafood. Drinking lighter side beers will allow you to enjoy the natural flavors of the seafood and will not cause the beer to be too overwhelming compared to the flavor of the fish. I would suggest going with a Brooklyn Lager or the Mama’s Little Yella Pils from the Oskar Blues Brewery.

Steaks: One of my favorite BBQ foods, steaks are great with beer. While grilling a steak I suggest that you reach into the cooler and grab out a nice brown ale or lightly hopped pale ale. Both of these brews go really well with a steak, although they are different in flavors. Depending on how you are seasoning your steak can make the difference here. If you are going for a more salty and sweet steak I suggest going with the Pale Ale. This will create a wonderful contrast of flavors on your pallet and you will enjoy sipping your beer after each bite. If you are going for a more natural and less salty and more peppery steak I would suggest reaching for that Brown Ale. The flavors of the ale will create a delicious flavor that will not be too overbearing to the steak. After all the steak is the star of the show…your beer is the opening act…well that’s not true in my case but it may be for you!

Ribs: Ribs can be marinated in many different sauces so for the ribs category the options are really endless. However I have mixed and matched a few beers and sauces and this is what I came up with. If you are going for a straight BBQ sauce flavor you would want to drink a smoked porter or anything smokey. As the smoke flavor goes extremely well with a porter you will enhance the flavor of the ribs and really create a delicious combination. Going to a more “Carolina” style rib I would suggest aiming for a slightly sweet beer that will go smoothly with the sweetness of the sauce.

No matter what beers you choose to enjoy at your BBQ’s this summer try and get out and there and try new beers. America has many Craft Beers that have won awards throughout the world. Head to your local beer marts and ask the clerk to show you around the amazing world of beer we live in.

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