The only thing better than an ice cold beer is the ideal dish to go along with it.
So take a look at our 4 standout beer & food pairings for this summer to find the perfect meal to complement the your favourite beer and take your drinking and dining experience to the next level.
1. Mismatch Session Ale & Fish Tacos
Mismatch Session Ale (180506) is a refreshing summer ale, full of flavour with a lower alcohol content, balanced with enough bitterness to make this beer drinkable and moreish. Easy drinking, lightly hopped with a light flora and grapefruit mouth – its grainy malts are followed by a very clean and dry finish. When it comes to pairing the Mismatch Session Ale (180506) with food, a serving of delicate, white fish tacos and a squeeze of lemon work beautifully. The acidity of the citrus and the buttery sweetness of the fish create a delicious contrast with the bitter flavours of the beer.
2. James Squire Jack of Spades Porter & Chocolate Fondant
The James Squire Jack of Spades Porter (180312) is unlike most beers of its variety, boasting a more delicate complexity than a regular stout. Roasted barley and long maturation deliver a dark porter with rich black colour, adding hints of malt chocolate and roasted coffee with a light creamy finish. This porter teams perfectly with chocolate puddings. Melting-middle fondants provide a rich hit of cocoa, with the sweetness of the dish elevating the porter’s rich coffee and chocolate notes.
3. Balter IPA & Spicy Chorizo Calzone
Balter IPA (198180) is an Indian pale ale with a clean hoppy base that offers a relentless, yet refined bitterness. Complemented by pine and citrus aromatics, its broad suit-driven palate and distinct hoppy tang makes for an unforgettably unique brew. The qualities of IPAs work well alongside rich tastes and intense spices, as their carbonation cuts through any fat, helping to enhance the flavour of the dish. This makes it the perfect drink to serve with a spicy calzone – with the beer amplifying the nuanced spice of the chorizo and smokiness of the paprika.
4. Carlton Pure Blonde & Seeded Chicken Salad
Carlton Pure Blonde (179789) is a light, crisp, aromatic lager that delivers a superior taste. It has been specially brewed longer to produce a beer that is low in carbohydrates and calories. A smooth, lightly hopped and easy to drink lager, it delivers maximum refreshment while looking after the waistline. To complement the crisp and light nature of this beer, look to serve alongside seeded chicken with a citrus salad and pomegranate dressing for a complete and flavoursome low carb meal.
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