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American Craft Beer Week is here, and what better way to celebrate than by experimenting with a different style of beer every day of the week. Of course, while beer on its own is good, beer paired with the perfect food is even better. So, to make your week as enjoyable as possible, we matched up seven classic beer styles with mouth-watering dishes that will complement their individual flavor profiles.
Lemon-Roasted Salmon Salad + Pilsner
A classic American pilsner goes perfectly with this light-but-filling salad and a warm Spring evening.
Crispy Fish Tacos + Lager
Perfect for Taco Tuesday, or any day that ends in “y.” Your favorite lager will pair nicely with this lightly breaded mild fish, and the chili-roasted corn will give it a little extra kick.
Smoked Chicken Wings + Porter
Heavy-bodied porters can hold their own against smoked foods and strong flavors, like these tasty southern-style wings.
Smashed Cheeseburger + Pale Ale
There’s a reason why a burger and good ol’ American pale ale taste to great together. Pale Ales have just enough bitterness to match the flavor intensity of a burger bite-for-bite. Give it a try with this take on the ever-popular Smash burger.
Maharashtrian Chicken Curry + IPA
Indian curry and India pale ale. It seems so obvious. But we’d be doing a disservice if we didn’t offer up this classic pair. The hop bitterness from the IPA will emphasize the spiciness of the dish, so get ready to feel the heat.
Lentil Bolognese + Amber Ale
Amber ales are a perfect complement to legumes. And swapping ground beef with lentils offers a meat-free take on a classic comfort dish. That’s what we call a win-win.
Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter + Stout
Stout goes great with red meat and strong cheeses, so why not combine the best of both worlds in one delectable dish?
Prefer to do your own pairings?
Check out this handy guide from the Brewer’s Association for tips on matching beer and food.
Cheers, and bon appetit!