Knowing which craft beer best compliments your meal is tough. We've asked Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company for their advice on choosing the right craft beer for every meal.
Many of us struggle choosing the right craft beer to complement our meals. With so many craft varieties on offer it seems almost impossible to know which beer to pair with which dish. Luckily, Thirsty Chiefs has let us in on a few secrets.
When eating grain-style dishes such as creamy risotto, Thirsty Chiefs recommends pairing with clean and crisp beer flavours. These complementary grain flavours balance hops while remaining light on the palette. Best picks include Thirsty Chiefs' USA Draft or TT Pils.
When shellfish is on the menu, it is best to pair dishes with fruity and spicy flavours that bring out the salinity and natural sweetness of the dish while cleansing the palette. Best picks include Thirsty Chiefs' Belgian Special or Weizen.
Rich meats and root vegetables pair well with sour, tart and funky beer flavours such as Thirsty Chiefs' Old St. Nicks. Combining these flavours brings out umami and adds earth notes that rest on the centre of the palette.
Finally, grilled vegetables such as carrots, onions and mushroom should be paired with dark and roasty beer flavours. These flavours bring out umami and balance sweetness and richness. Best picks include Thirsty Chiefs' Oatmeal Stout or Goodness Stout.
We hope this guide helps you discover the explosive and amazing world of craft beer flavour that food pairings can unlock.