So you've done wine and food pairings before, but what about beer? For the uninitiated, the concept is not all that different: It's about matching beer with dishes in a complimentary or contrasting manner. Here are three reasons you should try beer pairing today:
Affordability and Accessibility
A bottle of beer versus a glass or bottle of wine is usually significantly less expensive. Beer is also more accessible and doesn't have the same intimidation factor as wine or a wine list.
Variety and Commitment
Connected to affordability and accessibility is variety. These days, most stores allow you to build your own six-pack. You get variety and control. And if there's a beer you're unsure of, you're able to buy just one, versus an entire six-pack or entire bottle of wine. This is great for those of you who are commitment phobes and feel uneasy about committing to an entire six-pack or bottle of wine.
Multidimensional Flavor and Texture
Beers have a lot of different layers of flavor. For example, a beer can be sweet with a spicy finish. And in terms of texture, a beer can be full-bodied but still light and refreshing due to the carbonation. Additionally, the carbonation can cut through spicy or rich flavors, keeping your taste buds engaged and allowing you to find more flavors in both your food and beer. Sounds great, right?
So, get out there and explore the world of beer pairing. Don't worry about being right or wrong either because there is no exact formula, only your personal preferences and palate!