19 March 2020
Snacks for beers!
Can't get to the pub! Bring the pub to you! What does every good pub have? That’s right, drinks in abundance and lots of good snacks. We can all appreciate the kinship between beer and a good snack, so where there is lots of beer, you need lots of snacks. We are not referring to fancy canapes or gourmet finger food. We mean easy, hassle-free bar snacks, crisps, dips, nuts and maybe even a couple of sausages. So, here are some snacks and draught beer suggestions. We have also added alternatives for bottles. It’s just like any other Saturday afternoon in your local boozer!
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 (or L'Ambrée Sans Gluten de Vézelay) 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 Het Uiltje Uilskuikentje (or BrewDog Clockwork Tangerine).
Guacamole and tortilla chips: Gosser Radler
Guacamole is always a good snack. It's very low effort but perfect for dunking and dipping with salty tortilla chips. Ideally, a beer to serve with this should be crisp and citrusy. Tasty and zingy flavours of Gosser Radler 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: Heineken
Cheddar is a British classic. It's also great because, depending on the strength, matches well with lots of beer styles. Match a mild cheddar with a lager or pilsner. Try Heineken or Amstel for a pairing that will complement one another rather than contrast. Far a sharp, mature one, go for a German wheat beer, barley wine or even a stout.
Hot dogs: Gosser Radler
Hotdogs are very easy and go well with almost all beers. If you’re looking for a low ABV beer, again, we can't recommend the thirst quenching Gosser Radler enough. It's a great all rounder because the low alcohol content will let you sip all evening long and the added dash of lemon will cleanse well with the fatty, salty foods like sausage.
Pizza: Het Uiltje Uilskuikentje
With IPAs like Het Uiltje Uilskuikentje, the obvious food combination is curry or fish and chips, but for easy snack food, whack a pizza in the oven. IPAs are great for pairing, they work well with a lot of foods, especially hard-hitting flavours. Het Uiltje Uilskuikentje will stand up to the salty goodness with the dominant citrus and tropical fruitiness. Additionally, the beer will cleanse the palate from the finger-licking greasiness. If that even sounds like too much effort, just grab some jalapeno crisps!
Salty snacks: Any pilsner
For crisps, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, wasabi peas or anything salty, there’s one catch all beer that will never let you down. Savoury snacks match very well with lager or pilsner as they help to cleanse the palate and offer a crisp, refreshing ease from salt. Try Pelforth or Zipfer Urtyp (Bintang or Brussels Beer Project Wunder Lager as examples) for a clean and refreshingly malty match. Lagers and salt 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!