The Perfect Match
Beer lovers are becoming increasingly aware of the many tasty options that modern craft beer offers when it comes to food pairings. No longer are you limited to a set few styles, and the possibilities for flavour pairings are even greater than those offered by wine. We’ve teamed up with the foodies at HelloFresh to showcase three delicious dishes and the beers that would would pair perfectly with them.
Sweet Potato Cottage Pie with Roasted Broccoli
Hearty foods such as beef dishes with gravy require the robust flavours of dark beers such as stouts and porters. Renowned as a “real foodie beer”, Yeastie Boys’ Pot Kettle Black has quickly become a go-to brew for chef’s around the world, and now it can be the beer of choice in your kitchen. The South Pacific Porter is packed with the dark berry and chocolate (yes, chocolate!) flavours that work so well with red meat. While a bitter hop finish will counteract the sweetness of the sweet potato mash and mirror the fresh bite of the broccoli.
Cajun Pork with Bulgur Wheat and Garlicky Spring Greens
While Cajun and Creole food may well contain a hefty dose of spice, the level of heat is more subdued than most Asian and Indian cuisine. Warming smokey flavours often take precedence, and spices such as paprika, black pepper and cayenne replace copious amounts of chilli. Red and Amber beers will compliment the sweetness of the pork and spices without overpowering them. Siren’s Liquid Mistress is built upon a biscuity malt base that offers a pleasantly sweet foundation of raisins and sultanas, while a bitter hop bite of grapefruit refreshes the palate in preparation for that next succulent mouthful.
Red Thai Prawn Curry With Star Anise Rice
Famous for its dynamic range of flavours and textures, the balance between ingredients is essential within Thai cooking. Therefore, you need a beer boasting flavours that won’t get lost in the crowd while enjoying dishes that pack spicy, sweet, salty and sour notes into every bite. Pressure Drop’s Wu Gang Chops The Tree is a light and refreshing Foraged Herb Hefeweisse filled with aromatic flavours of coriander and fresh citrus fruits that work well beside Thai spices such as ginger and lemongrass. Both the dish and beer exhibit several levels of flavour – it’s down to you to journey through them!