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Beer Pairings for the Week of January 23rd, 2017

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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:

Balsamic-Onion Pizza with Arugula

Balsamic-Onion Pizza with Gruyere & Arugula

Pizza and beer--a combination almost as famous as peanut butter and jelly. Normally one would think of a classic American macro adjunct lager; well, not us. This dish with the addition of arugula as a topping reminds us of eating pizza in Berlin. It was the first place we encountered salad on top of a pizza and I remember enjoying it with a hefeweizen. For this dish, we will recommend pairing it with an actual German hefe.

Suggestion: Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen, Münster, Germany

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SuperFood Salad

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

Game Day Entertaining Kit

Game Day Entertaining Kit

There are those who tell you the only beer to enjoy with a big game is American adjunct lager. Really, a beer brewed with corn to cut cost? If the game is important, we can do better than watery and sweet with a vague beer flavor. For this meal of wings, meatballs, chili, and cookies, you need a real crowd-pleasing beer. We humbly suggest the pilsner as a game day beer that can stand up to a variety of flavors and palates.

Suggestion: Burial Shadowclock Pilsner, Asheville, North Carolina Georgia Local Recommendation: Monday Night Super Nerd, Atlanta, Georgia

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Beef-Mushroom Fettucine with Red Pepper, Arugula & Parmesan

The Paulaner Order of Monks loved their doppelbock so much that rather than give it up for Lent, they shipped some to the Pope. Fortunately for the monks, the beer spoiled on the way and the Pope proclaimed it so disgusting that it must be good for you. Thanks to poor refrigeration, it stayed on the monk's table at Lent under the moniker of “liquid bread”. History aside, a hearty winter meal will benefit from a strong sweet doppelbock that is Pope-approved.

Suggestion: Duck-Rabbator Doppelbock, Farmville, North Carolina

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Herbed Chicken Breast over Mushroom Risotto

Nothing says comfort like a wheat beer. Wheat beers in winter? Consider the wheat beer a year-round brew now, not just a summertime indulgence. Wheat beers are sweeter than beer brewed with barley because wheat is a sweeter malt. A Belgian Wit will bring a yeast spice to this creamy dish.

Suggestion: Bavik­De Brabandere Wittekerke, Harelbeke, Belgium

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding Dessert Kit

Pairing a beer with dessert? Sure, it’s 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 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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