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Beer Pairings – What’s your favorite?

Is there anything as perfect as crabs and beer?  I was pondering this question last weekend while I pounded through some snow crab and rock crab with the Wookettes.  The crabs were delicious but made all the better with the addition a few River Horse Unfiltered Lagers.

Now the River Horse Unfiltered Lager is not a spectacular brew but its mild earthy flavor and creamy unfiltered texture are the perfect compliment to a salty, spicy crab feast.  Which begs another question: What other foods are taken to the next level with the right beer?

Here are some of my other favorite specific beer and food pairings:

So what are your favorite brew and food pairings and is there anything better than crabs and beer?

19 replies »

  1. Founders KBS and Chocolate – Haven’t tried it, but I imagine it would be AWESOME!

    33 Export and Vietnamese Food – I’m sure there are better beers for this, but for now, this combination works (cuisine and country pairing?). Now I want a big bowl of Pho with the works, i.e. crispy flank steak, tripe, tendon, eye roast, jalapenos, fresh bean sprouts, basil, and lime.

    Guinness (a side of Jameson too perhaps?) and a Big Irish Breakfast from Fado – extra black and white pudding please!

    Duvel and Sushi – Yes. I saw the White Rascal mentioned, and it was EXCELLENT, but Duvel will give it a run for it’s money.

    Victory Prima Pils and Pizza – Pils and Pizza. Ya feel me?

    Bell’s Hopslam and Salmon Burger – Had it. Loved it!

    So many more to mention…


  2. I personally love Paulaner Oktoberfest with brats and sauerkraut too!

    Here’s some of my other favorites:

    Sierra Pale – pizza with peperoncinis

    Legend Brown – cheeseburger

    Dogfish 60 min – sharp cheddar cheese

    Dogfish Red & White – pasta with red sauce

    Hoegaarden – Eggs Benedict


  3. Awesome lists – pairing is so much fun.

    A few of my favorites:
    Beer (any) and pizza (any/all)
    Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Rosee d’Hibiscus and key lime pie
    Fullers London Porter and a hamburger topped with swiss, mushrooms and caramelized onions
    Boulevard Pale Ale and grilled cheese with tomato soup
    Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale and pecan pie


    • Would definitely agree with the any beer/any pizza thing but have never paired beer with pie. I must give it a try.


  4. I’m totally a fan of Brooklyn Brown & pizza, Oktoberfest & brats (love your Paulaner recommendation), and Highland Oatmeal Porter & roast beef tenderloin. Mmmm!


    • Gotta go traditional with the Paulaner and Brats plus I have a neighbor that makes his own sauerkraut. German beer and food heaven!

      Love the Highland Oatmeal Porter & Tenderloin recommendation ….. That’s what I call a nice dinner!


  5. Top Guns (local – not shoebies version) at Charlie’s. Thanks. Now I need those.

    Here’s my random pairing:

    Bear Republic Racer 5 (on tap) with a stack of onion rings at the YardHouse.

    OK, one more:

    Stone Pale Ale and Hebrew Nats on the grill


    • Love the “locals only” version of the wings at Charlie’s. Add in a Wes’ Favorite and I am in heaven. Can you say road trip?

      For those of you not from the Jersey Shore I will explain. Charlie’s Bar is a great dive bar in Somers Point NJ. (and I mean dive in a good way). They make the best wings outside of Buffalo NY (maybe even better). In the summer Charlie’s can get overrun with “Shoebies” (Wikipedia explains here – Charlie’s really shines in the off-season when the Shoobies leave and they serve up a spicier version of their “Top Gun” hot wings.

      Now I need them too. Damn!


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