Beer Pairings for the Week of March 14th, 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:
Green Tea Chicken over Spinach & Sprouts with Golden Dressing
Yeast: the magical organism that turns sugar into alcohol. Usually, yeast manifests itself in the smell of beer. If you smell something fruity in the beer it is the yeast, unless of course it is a beer with added fruit. For this delicate dish featuring nutritional yeast, we suggest a Belgian golden ale so that you have a yeast aroma to complement the yeast flavor.
Suggestion: Duvel, BreendonkPuurs, Belgium
Pork & Mushroom Soup with Egg Noodles & Sugar Snap Peas
The porter style of beer was named for the strongbacked porters who needed a strong beer at the end of the day. Whenever a hearty stew is on the table we always gravitate towards a beer with a roasted malt flavor profile. For this dish, we will recommend a porter to complement the pork and mushroom which won’t detract from the paprika heat and snap pea sweetness.
Suggestion: Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter, Tadcaster, England
Lentil, Apple & Ginger Mulligatawny Stew
Cider isn’t just what those gluten free people drink. American craft beer enthusiasts have not had a very high opinion of cider. That seems to be changing as craft cider is becoming a real thing. For this gluten free dish, we recommend a spicy sweet cider that will complement the apples without detracting from the rest of the stew.
Suggestion: J.K.’s Cuvée Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider, Flushing, Michigan
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas with Jalapeno Chimichurri
Sweet potatoes pair well with a traditional German Octoberfest style marzen. Marzens were brewed in the spring and cellared over the summer. Full bodied in flavor with a deep copper color these malty beers will stand up to the sweet potato while extinguishing the fire from the jalapeno.
Suggestion: Victory Festbier, Downington, Pennsylvania
Spicy Puttanesca, Orecchiette, with Olives & Pecorino
The classic answer to this pairing would be to equate the tannins in a chianti to hops and choose an IPA. Kinda boring for a pairing. In this dish we would prefer to complement the fruity tomato with a fruity Belgian yeast. Consider a farmhouse ale. Yes, they have hops, but they also have fruity yeast esters that will complement the fruity tomato.
Suggestion: Ommegang Hennepin, Cooperstown, New York
Beef Hot Pot with Asian Greens, Ginger and Potatoes
Serious beer fans often look down upon the wheat beer. Wheat beers tend to be sweeter with little emphasis on hop bitterness. Beer is about more than one dimension. Why do we like wheat beers? They are wonderful as a conveyance for other flavors. When you are at a bar ask the bartender if he would muddle some mint and add it to a wheat beer. Trust us, you will love it. As for this dish, I think a little lemon grass will make the ginger pop.
Georgia Local Recommendation: Second Self Thai Wheat, Atlanta, Georgia
Suggestion: Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, Kansas City, Missouri (try adding some mint to it)
Virginia Willis' Smothered & Covered Chicken with Herb Grits and Celery Salad
Lactose has many uses in beer. You can take the lactic acid and sour a beer, or use the lactose sugar to sweeten a beer. Wait, wouldn’t the yeast just eat the sugar and make more alcohol? Lactose sugar is un-fermentable which means adding it not only allows the brewer to add the milk monicker but also to sweeten the beer without increasing the alcohol content. Milk stouts are the comfort food of beer and will complement the “smothering.”
Suggestion: Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Longmont, Colorado
Got to say this is a tough meal for a beer pairing, however, we are up to the task. Brewers love to experiment which leads us to kombucha beer. Is kombucha beer really a beer or is it just hopped kombucha tea? Well, that question is certainly up for debate, but if you are a fan of sour beers and kombucha it might just be your new go-to drink. With the cornucopia of flavors in this dish, a tart beer with its own superfood might be just the ticket.
Suggestion: Unity Vibration Kombucha Beer, Ypsilanti, Michigan