Beer and Food Pairings! What’s next, eh?

Beer and Food Pairings! What’s next, eh?

Beer and Food Pairings!  What’s next, eh?

Over the last two years, I have noticed that way more people are taking their beer way more “seriously”.  No, I’m not talking about nuclear physics serious, I’m talking about serious in that they care and are passionate, just like their fellow wine and whiskey aficionados.

Wine people love to match wine and food, as so does the beer loving crowds that come visit us for new and exciting brews.  Many of the guidelines that one uses to pair wine with food also apply to beer.  I like to use the word guideline, because I don’t believe in hard and fast rules.  Ultimately, one should really drink whatever they enjoy with food.  However, if one wants to explore and discover different pairings that could enhance or maximize their enjoyment, a whole world awaits!

One guideline is to pair lighter fare with lighter beers.  If you have the opportunity, try beers brewed in their country of origin along with the local cuisine.  Often these natural food and beer pairings have developed over centuries, so you have tradition on your side.  Generations have gone through the “trial and error” process to make your life easier.  I love Asahi Super Dry Lager with my sushi because the beer is crisp, light and refreshing.  It does not overwhelm the delicate flavors of my tuna or salmon sashimi with an overabundance of malt or alcohol.

Foods with more intense flavors can be paired with fuller bodied and more intensely flavored beers.  Heavier foods in the winter months call out for a pairing with bigger brews.  If I have Chinese BBQ duck and want a beer, I would reach for a Porter or strong Stout in lieu of a California Zinfandel.

Some foods scream to be paired with wines that have bright acidity.  The equivalent component to a wine’s acidity is the level of hops in a beer.  Hops impart bitterness, structure and body to a beer.  So, if you’re in a Thai restaurant and the food is spicy, you could choose a sparkling wine or a hoppy beer like Singh Lager, which to no ones surprise, is brewed in Thailand!

deVine Wines is trying to meet the increasing needs of our beer loving customers in a big way.  We plan to add a few hundred new beer selections over the next two months to our shelves.  These new beers can be found grouped together with wines from the same country of origin.  Check out the new German, Japanese and Spanish beers we have just introduced.  In 2014, we plan to hold weekly beer tastings on Saturdays. Larger beer festival style events are also in the works.  I can hardly wait to plan Oktoberfest 2014!


Ed Fong
deVine Wines & Spirits
10111 104 St NW,
Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z9