Your Food and Beer Pairings Guide




You don’t have to be in formal wear to enjoy a nice drink pairing. In fact, flannel is preferred. The days of swishing glasses and commenting on the “oaky notes” all while you have your pinky high in the air are gone. The rising popularity of beer within the past decade has caused a paradigm shift in the food and drink world, and, honestly, we’re not mad about it. In fact, you might even see job listings for beer sommeliers (full sleeve of tattoos required). However, in general, beers seems to take on the same logic as you would with wine pairings: the lighter the beer, the lighter the dish should be, and the same goes with heavier beers. So, check out our food and beer pairing guide and play matchmaker at your next dinner party.


  1. Ales
    • The bitter hops in most ales and IPAs cut through fats, oils and salts nicely as well as tending to have robust noyes and taste. So, don’t be afraid to grab an IPA next time you’re digging into a juicy  burger.
    • Try your next ale with our: Umami Burger, Greek Flatbread Pizza
  2. Lagers
    • Lagers are typically more carbonated than other beers, best served ice cold and tend to be crisp in flavor. Any lighter dish with seafood or chicken as well as spicy foods are perfect to pair with a refreshing lager. So, next time you have (maybe one too many) lagers, don’t forget to make a stop at your local late-night taco stand.
    • Try your next lager with our: Baja Fish Tacos, Chili-Lime Fish Cakes, Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad
  3. Pilsners
  4. Wheat Beers
  5. Stouts
    • Stouts are typically smooth and creamy beers with strong malt and roasty grain flavors. They have a silky yet rich body, which pairs nicely with sweeter foods, because they can cut through the sweet flavors found in shellfish or vanilla, for example. They also pair nicely with winter hibernation.
    • Try your next stout with our: Harvest-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Shrimp Scampi, Cod Amandine
  6. Porters


Now that golden ales and dark stouts have been poured into the general consumer’s consciousness, we are now cognizant of which $12 pilsner pairs best with our $5 wings. Don’t get us wrong, wine has a time and a place (basically anytime and anyplace), but beer is giving us yet another reason to drink and eat in tandem. What’s so wrong with that? Cheers!