Salads & Veggies
From grilled spring vegetables to colourful summer salads, it’s always nice to have a bit of greenery on your plate alongside the mountain of bread and meat. Grassy German-style pilsners and hoppy lagers provide a light and refreshing pairing that mirrors the fresh, delicate and vibrant flavours packed inside all those vitamin and mineral rich veggies without overpowering what’s on your plate. Signature Brew’s refreshing Studio Pilsner is a brilliant companion. Traditional European Noble hop, Saaz, and a touch of rye work in tandem to provide enticing subtle flavours and a well rounded body, the aroma holds floral hints followed by a pleasing bitterness. Perfect for you to enjoy alongside all that healthy foliage.
There’s very little that you can’t put on a beef burger; avocado, onion rings, chorizo or just a hefty slice of cheese – they all make for great between the bun bedfellows. However, that doesn’t mean that any old beer will do your meaty concoction justice. A typical burger packs four of the five basic tastes known to man! Saltiness is provided by the meat and cheese, sourness by pickles and mustard, sweetness from a generous dollop of ketchup, and the fabled ‘umami’ is also found in the meat and certain cheeses. The missing link is bitterness! A chink in your burger’s armour that a robust black IPA can reinforce. The maltiness of the style will also work in harmony with those charred, smoky flavours that have infiltrated your burger during the cooking process. Beavertown’s signature black IPA, Black Betty, is a complex and contradictory beer that packs persisting bitter grapefruit and pine notes alongside ripe tropical flavours and a rich chocolatey malt base.
Sausages & Spice
Despite the sausage regularly providing a punchline to BBQ related jokes – if you’re asked how you like your sausages cooked it’s probably time to leave – the Great British Banger is a backyard institution. Juicy, meaty and packed with a variety of tastes and textures, you can’t beat a good sausage! A hoppy India Pale Ale will counteract the fattiness of the meat with its juicy tropical flavours and refresh the palate in preparation for the next bite. The bitterness of IPAs also work especially well with spicy chilli infused sausages and other fiery food such as Mexican and Indian influenced grub. Inspired by the IPA’s of North East America. The Garden IPA pours golden in colour with a slight haze and a lingering tight, white head. Expect notes of pine, peach and passionfruit on the nose, orange, apricot on the palate.
If chocolate lay on the horizon, maybe in the form of nutty chocolate brownie or generous wedge of Black Forest Gâteau, so should a rich and silky bottle of stout. Sweet, roasty and satisfyingly bitter – similarly to an after dinner coffee – a great stout goes a long way and offers a wonderful finale to any meal. Bristol’s Moor have brewed up an extremely fitting spiced porter alongside Milan-based craft pioneers Birrificio Lambrate. Orange peel, lemon, licorice, ginger, raisins and Jamaican allspice combine to form a beautifully rich and warming porter formed from classical British brewing and flamboyant Italian flavours.