Beer Pairings for the Week of June 20th, 2016
Looking for the perfect brew to go along with your PeachDish meals? We've got you covered. We've partnered with the owners of BeerGirl, a local Atlanta shop, to help you select the perfect beverage. BeerGirl's passionate owners, Alexia Ryan and Erik Lewis opened their shop with the dream of connecting the people of their community with delicious craft beer from the South and beyond. Here are this week's suggested pairings:
Seared Chicken, Cucumber-Peach Salad & Buttered Barley
One of the golden rules for pairing food with beer is like complements like. Why? Simply put, a flavor in a meal will shine more when paired with a like flavor in a beer. In this case, we pair the cucumber component of the salad with a beer containing a cucumber element. A lighter-flavored beer style with cucumber would be perfect; luckily we know of an awesome cucumber farmhouse ale that will let the cucumber shine.
Suggestion: Uinta Cucumber Farmhouse, Salt Lake City, Utah
Southwestern SuperFood Turkey Bowl with Fresh Avocado
PeachDish super foods are always difficult meals for pairings. However with this spicy dish, we think a little contrast is just the key to highlighting the ingredients. With spicy foods, a little sweet makes the spice shine. Werecommend a cider that brings fruit and sweet flavors so that the southwestern spice stands out.
Suggestion: Ace Space Blood Orange Cider Bomber, Sebastopol, California
Roasted Green Beans & Shiitakes with Malabar Spinach
What is the difference between a pale ale and an India Pale Ale? Simply put, a pale ale is not as aggressively hopped as an IPA. So where is the cutoff? Brewers use the International Bittering Unit known more commonly as the IBU to rate the hoppiness of a beer. Beer judges define the difference between a pale ale and an IPA by a number- in this case any pale ale with IBUs over 50 is considered an IPA. A little bitterness will play nice with the umami from the mushrooms.
Suggestion: Foothills Pilot Mountain Pale Ale, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Arugula Salad with Corn, Tomato, Mint & Lemon
Where did the gose get its name from? If you read any beer history you'll learn that the gose was originally associated with Goslar, Germany. Goslar was a mining town that, because of the plentiful minerals in the ground, had really salty-tasting water. Undeterred, they developed a style of beer that used the salted water, coriander, and lactobacillus to produce what has become the summer sour beer. The peppery arugula and tart lemon let us suggest a salty tart gose to go with these summer flavors.
Suggestion: Westbrook Gose, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Veggie Tacos with Quinoa & Avocado
Fruit flavored beers are ubiquitous with summer. Brewers try to outdo each other by adding slightly different citrus flavors to the IPA, but there is an actual style called fruit beer. It's not a very exciting category name, but it is one that allows a brewer a great deal of freedom. For these tacos, we will pair them with a beer flavored with cactus that adds a tart citrus component.
Suggestion: Shiner Prickly Pear, Shiner, Texas
Panko Crusted Chicken with Lettuce & Herb Salad
Is mead a beer or a wine? The answer is neither. Mead, the world's first alcoholic beverage, was discovered when honey spontaneously fermented. Mead is still, meaning little or no carbonation, but sometimes mead can be carbonated. Truthfully, it is neither beer or wine. With the hodgepodge of alcohol laws in the United States, it is safer to sell as a wine which allows for a higher alcohol content. We choose a mead for this pairing to complement the sweet salad dressing with a sweet beverage.
Suggestion: B. Nektar Kill All the Golfers, Ferndale, Michigan Georgia Local Recommendation: Monk’s Mead, Atlanta, Georgia
Herbed Hanger Steak with Green Beans, Red Onions & Grits
Steak always demands a big bold beer. For us, it doesn’t get any bolder than a barley wine. The Roman army marched on wine, but when out of grapes they would make barley wine. Barley wine is a beer where every available sugar has been removed from the malt bill to give yeast plenty of food to produce lots of alcohol. For this dish, we suggest a barley wine that brings lots of malt sweetness, lots of bitter, and lots of alcohol to complement the big steak flavor.
Suggestion: 21st Amendment Lower DeBoom, San Francisco, California
Summer Squash, Basil & Corn Risotto
Berliner Weisse - Berliners are light-bodied and lower in alcohol (3-5%), so they won't overpower the delicate flavors of sweet summer squash and crisp corn. The tartness and a dry finish leaves the palate feeling clean and ready for the next beer!
Suggestion: Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse, Leipzig, Germany Georgia-local recommendation: Creature Comforts Athena, Athens, Georgia