Burger and Beer Pairing Reference Guide
Jun 05, 2019
Beer and Food
Summer grilling season is here! I couldn’t be more delighted by the proposition of chowing on a delicious burger and washing it down with a cold beer. Next time you need your burger fix, don’t waste the culinary opportunity. Maximize the flavor by picking the perfect beer to pair with it! Sneak a peek at our burger and beer pairing suggestions below to satisfy your taste buds.
For starters, you’re going to want a beer that’s medium in body, with a prominent caramel malt flavor. The right amount of caramel malt really complements the iron and blood flavors that we love about a classic hamburger. If you pick a beer that’s too light, like wit or kolsch, the burger will overpower the subtle beers flavors and texture. Pick a beer that’s too dark, and the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors will clash with the dish. While beer and food pairing isn’t an exact science, it is a bit like the fable of Goldilocks. It’s about getting it “just right!”
: American Amber, Brown Ale, Pale Ale
New Belgium Fat Tire Amber
Brooklyn Brown Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Adding bacon or shredded pork?
Match the additional smoke with a beer that brings the same flavors to the table!
: Belgian Dubbel, Rauchbier, Doppelbock
Ommegang Abbey Ale
Adding jalapeno or bleu cheese?
If you increase the intensity of the dish by adding a spicy or sharp flavor, do the same with the beer without overcompensating.
: Saison, American IPA, Belgian Strong Ale
Boulevard Tank 7
Ballast Point Sculpin