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Beer Pairings for the Week of December 26th, 2016

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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:

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Holiday Celebration Kit

A holiday meal with a hunk of beef? Well, sign us up. Big indulgent beef is perfect for a big indulgent Quadrupel. If you're going to drink a Quadrupel, there’s no better meal than Christmas dinner. Quads, as the cool kids call them, are sweet malty beers made even sweeter with the addition of caramelized beet sugar. The sugar helps the beer get even darker and, as a bonus, higher in alcohol content. A Quad will pair beautifully with the beef and the lovely sides that accompany this meal.

Suggestion: La Trappe Quadrupel, Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

What beer style pairs with curry? Hmm... wait why are we even bothering to ponder this question. The only answer is the India Pale Ale. While the British were shipping IPAs to India, India was shipping their spices back to Great Britain. There is something about bitterness and spice that just works; from curry to Buffalo wings, heat and bitter work well together. For this dish, the choice is obvious--grab an IPA. Since it is the holiday season, ramp it up and choose a double IPA.

Suggestion: Boulevard The Calling, Kansas City, Missouri Georgia Local Recommendation: Jekyll Hoot’n & Holler’n, Alpharetta, Georgia

New Year's Chili

New Year’s Chili with Field Peas & Collard Greens

In Bavaria, the tradition is to drink a wheat beer or hefeweizen on New Year’s Day. Hefeweizen or Weissbier- literally meaning "white beer"- is brewed with wheat malt and top fermenting yeast imparting a banana flavor into the beer. For a spicy dish, a wheat beer should provide needed sweetness for the next bite of hot chili.

Suggestion: Erdinger Weissbier, Erding, Germany

New Year's Hoppin' John

Vegetarian Hoppin’ John & Greens

A Southern New Year's tradition deserves an ale- not like we were brewing a whole lot of lagers and pilsners in the heat of the American South. Beer boils down to styles based on how the yeast ferments. Bottom fermenting lager yeast requires lower temperatures and ferments slower than top fermenting ale yeasts that ferment quickly at higher temperatures. For this dish, let's go with a Scotch ale with a higher alcohol content to celebrate the New Year and the fact we have a three-day weekend. The toasty, slightly smoky ale should play well with the umami of the mushrooms.

Suggestion: Oskar Blues Old Chubb, Longmont, Colorado

Bucatini Pasta with Tomato

Bucatini Pasta with Tomato-Bacon Sauce & Arugula Salad

The weather and the season make us crave Belgian beer. With a sweet malty base and a spicy yeast, the tripel is at the top of the list. While the name tripel does not go back to the origins of Belgian beer, it is a style with a long history. Monks have been brewing paler sweet beers for hundreds of years. With this dish of spicy pasta, we suggest pairing it with a beer packing a spicy yeast to really embrace the heat.

Suggestion: Boulevard Long Strange Tripel, Kansas City, Missouri

Chicken with Lemon-Herb Sauce over Wild Rice

Chicken with Lemon-Herb Sauce over Wild Rice

When you say pale ale people automatically assume an India Pale Ale. While pale ale is the root of the IPA, they are nowhere near as aggressively hopped. Pale ale gets its name from the lighter malt bill. For this Greek-inspired dish why not use a pale ale with a mild citrusy component to complement the citrusy sauce?

Suggestion: Founders Mosaic Promise, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cod & Potato Chowder

Cod & Potato Chowder with Dill

Is it possible to think of chowder without imagining fishermen, sweaters, and New England? Whenever New England comes up, we think of brown ale. Early settlers brought what they knew to the new world and made adaptions as necessary. With the brown ale, no substitutions were necessary because the necessary malts were available. For this fish chowder, a brown ale is the perfect pairing.

Suggestion: RJ Rockers Brown Eyed Squirrel, Spartanburg, South Carolina Georgia Local Recommendation: Jekyll Brewing Cooter Brown, Alpharetta, Georgia

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding Dessert Kit

Pairing a beer with dessert? Sure, actually a very common thing to do. Beer often has a sweet component that we like to pair with other sweets. In fact, many beers take the dessert as an inspiration, from ice cream to pie and everything in between. For this chocolate bread pudding, let’s pair it with a little chocolate inspired liquid bread.

Suggestion: Smuttynose Big Beer Series: Rocky Road Stout, Hampton, New Hampshire

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