19 March 2020
Snacks for beers!
If you’re planning to get people round, or even if you arer not, load up your SUB and ensure the drinks are in abundance. We can all appreciate the kinship between beer and a good snack, so where there is lots of beer, you need food to satiate your guests. However fun parties can be, hosting can sometimes be stressful. That’s why we have come up with some popular, hassle-free snacks that are guaranteed to go down a treat. We are not referring to fancy canapes or gourmet finger food. For get-togethers– when really, it’s an excuse to drink- you want crowd-pleasers that are both accessible and easy. Yes, we are talking crisps, dips, nuts and maybe even sausages. There is nothing wrong with keeping it simple. Pick one of these snacks and the recommended beer, or for a more varied spread, choose a couple of your favourites. So, here are some suggested snacks for a successful booze filled evening.
Dry roasted peanuts: Newcastle Brown Ale
Dry roasted peanuts are the quintessential, budget but beautiful, bar snack. Anyone that is familiar with British pub culture is aware that peanuts are the iconic accompaniment to a pint. A malt-forward beer like Newcastle Brown Ale will work very well with the roasted character of the nuts. Many dark ales and porters go fantastically well with peanuts, the saltiness will balance the bitterness of the beer. If you fancy spicing things up a bit, serve some chili peanuts and pair with Fourpure Session IPA.
Guacamole and tortilla chips: Desperados
Guacamole is so simple and perfect for dunking and dipping with salty tortilla chips. It’s great for parties because it tastes special, when making it, is really very low effort. Ideally, a beer to serve with this dish should be crisp and citrusy. Tasty and zingy flavours of Desperados will match very well with the limey guac. The lager will cut through the fattiness of the avocado and the saltiness of the chips will contrast with the sweet beer.
Cheddar cheese: Zipfer Urtyp
Cheddar is a British classic, hard and sharp. Over half of all cheese sales in the UK are cheddar cheese, so please your guests with a bite they are guaranteed to love. Match a mild cheddar or even emmental with Zipfer Urtyp, a pairing that will complement one another rather than contrast. The creamy, nutty, fattiness of the cheese will add an additional layer of flavour to the crisp, clean Urtyp.
Hot dogs: Gosser Radler
Hotdogs go down a treat at parties and better yet, they go well with almost all beers. If you’re looking for a low ABV beer to regale your guests with, the thirst quenching Gosser Radler will do the trick. The low alcohol content means you can sip all evening long and the added dash of lemon will cleanse well with the fatty, salty sausage.
Salt and vinegar crisps: Steamworks Killer Cucumber Ale
Everybody loves salt and vinegar crisps, a flavour that is not often found anywhere else in the world. All British, but especially beer drinkers, love that acidic, almost painful sensation of the strong salt and vinegar seasoning. In fact, the stronger the better. No party is complete without a bowl of these, crispy, greasy fingers and all. For this, you need a pale ale like Steamworks Killer Cucumber Ale that will cleanse the palate from the intense flavour and sharp vinegar.
Pizza: Punk IPA
Punk is said to be the perfect introduction to beer and food pairing, it works well with a lot of foods, especially hard-hitting flavours. The obvious combination is curry or fish and chips, but for easy snack food, bring out pizza. Punk IPA will stand up to the salty goodness with the tropical fruitiness of grapefruit and pineapple and the classic bitter, spiky finish. Additionally, the beer will cleanse the palate from the finger-licking greasiness.
Salty snacks: Any pilsner
For crisps, nuts, popcorn, wasabi peas or anything salty, there’s one catch all beer that will never let you down. Savoury snacks match very well with pilsners as they help to cleanse the palate and offer a crisp, refreshing ease from salt. They match well without conflict; you can enjoy the two together without washing away the saltiness of the snacks or diluting the flavours of the beer.
Beer and snacks: the best version of themselves
Ever wondered why you crave crisps and nuts over salad when you’re sipping pints? When we eat salty foods, the receptors responsible for detecting bitterness are reduced, so salt in fact neutralizes bitterness. As a result, beer can taste smoother and you can appreciate other characteristics in its taste profile. Salt can actually make beer taste better!