Any self-respecting BBQ chef should take great pride in ensuring that the scorched meat is accompanied correctly. While it’s tempting to revert to standard lagers on a warm day, this will really do your food an injustice. The bold flavours of barbecued foods need beers with weight to stand up to them and enhance the experience of both.
Beer has a natural affinity for food, but often, we draw an arbitrary line for when a beer is a suitable accompaniment. Usually, it’s when we reach a certain price point for food or begin laying down white tablecloths; you just have to offer wine. Yet more outlets are starting to apply the same care they show to wine and food matching, to beer matching, and rightly so. There are some exciting interactions to discover, fantastic flavours and textures to tease from a pairing. With that in mind, we’ve selected 5 beers here to start with for BBQ foods this summer.
North Brewing Co. Herzog Kolsch Style
Leeds based brewers North Brewing Co. have been providing superior beers and excellent service in their popular bars since 1997. Fast-forward almost 20 years to the launch of their very own brewery, North Brewing Company has quickly established itself amongst the leading breweries in the country, with a unique heritage and a fascinating future ahead.
Herzog is their homage to the classic German style hybrid of lager and ale. Traditional Kolsch yeast and historical brewing methods are used to create a crisp and refreshing beer with a little fruitiness. This is the perfect Summer beer and pairs expertly with barbecued ribs, burgers, grilled chicken and summer salads.
Charles Wells Triple Hopped IPA
A family brewery since 1876, Charles Wells have spent 140 years brewing distinctive beers in their Bedford home. They have a proud history of bringing innovation to the brewing industry. The brewery produces a range of unique beers with some of the nation’s favourites and quirky innovations.
The Charles Wells Triple Hopped IPA utilises Goldings, Galaxy and Simcoe hops to produce a beer with gentle malt character and minerality with a pronounced hoppy fruitiness. The finish is long lasting and completed with a delicate bitterness balanced by some residual sweetness. The tropical fruit aromas on the nose and the fruitiness on the palate make the beer a summery treat, pairing well with barbecued meats and steak.
Brewgooder Clean Water Lager
We’ve talked a lot about Brewgooder on this blog, but usually about their social cause. It’s a craft beer label that donates 100% of its profits to clean water projects in the developing world. They aim to help 1 million people gain access to clean drinking water in 5 years through the power of craft beer. The beer itself, however, is indeed worth a mention here.
Made with crystal malts and a completely unique blend of Sorachi Ace and Saaz Hops that explodes the possibilities of the traditional lager style. No other lager style tastes quite like theirs, it’s rich on the palate with a depth of flavour not typically found on the nation’s founts. The beer is sessionable and easy to enjoy on a warm afternoon. It goes well with most barbequed meats but has a special affinity for spicy glazes and seasonings.
Flying Dog Easy IPA
Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery is an iconic name in the US craft beer scene. Iconic too are the beer’s designs - down to the friendship between a certain Hunter S. Thompson, illustrator Ralph Steadman, and brewery founder George Stranahan. Since 1990 when they started brewing in Aspen, Colorado, they have produced some of the best American craft beers in their own indomitable creative spirit.
This 4.7% IPA is formed from a proprietary brewer’s blend of hops with pale ale and caramel malts. This produces aromas of grapefruit and subtle spice which meld into lemon and pine hop notes, all balanced with crisp cracker malt. In the US, this beer is often enjoyed during tailgating barbecues – the grilling of food on the back of a pick-up truck in a carpark before a big football or baseball game. Enjoy with a juicy American style burger.
If tailgate style barbequing isn’t for you, then Alhambra 1925 might be. From their home in Granada, Spain, the Master Brewers have been making their own authentic style of beer for more than 90 years, crafting a product that is rooted in generations of brewing experience and an understanding of how to reinterpret tradition.
With a unique embossed bottle, this award-winning lager has a powerful nose of caramel, full of flavour on the palate and a satisfying finish. It’s perfect for tapas style meats and slow-cooked smoked barbecue cuts. At 6.4%, it’s the strongest beer on this list, sure to give taste buds a great tantalising taste.
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