Romantic beer tasting
Taste beer with strawberries, chocolate, oysters and cheese
Beer is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day, largely because beer is always a good gift. Beer can also be very romantic! To prove it, I surprised 4 colleagues with some carefully paired beer & snack combinations. The romantic combos were as follows:
Strawberries are red and with a little imagination they take the shape of a heart. They are also perfect for sharing. They are quite sweet and fruity. The most logical combination would be with a strawberry would be...a fruit beer, for example Lindemans Framboos. The red fruit aromas blast out of your glass, forming a lovely bridge with the strawberries.
We also tried it with Affligem Tripel, because that is a fairly fruity beer and the strawberry mellows out the bitters. That also works pretty well!
So, it turns out that eating chocolate gives you the same feelings you get when you fall in love. And the added bonus is that chocolate is real tasty. Beer is also tasty. Together it can be extra tasty, provided you choose the right chocolate with the right beer.
Milk chocolate is pretty sweet. With food pairing, you should look for a beer that matches the sweetness of your snack. So for a sweet beer such as Fagnes-Griottes, a Belgian Blond with cherries, it will be excellent with milk chocolate. Combine this and the beer will get a deeper cherry seed layer.
Pure chocolate is less sweet and therefore better to combine with a less sweet beer. Pair with Pohjala Must Kuld and you really will have a chocolate party in your mouth! This is a fantastic way to conclude a romantic dinner.
For centuries, oysters have been considered an aphrodisiac. I don't know if that is important, all I know is that they are delicious with beer!
An Irish stout with oysters is one of the most classic beer pairings. A not too fierce porter will also do very well, try Five Points Railway Porter. The combination of the saltiness from the oysters contrasts wonderfully with the roasted taste of the beer.
What is more exciting and perhaps much better is oysters with a geuze. We tasted French Oysters with Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait, delicious! The acidity of the beer and the saltiness of the oyster are mutually fantastic, so that both taste even better.
Cheese is romantic because you can share with the one you love. And it's great with beer.
My colleague was surprised with this match made in heaven: camembert with Saison Dupont. Or for something different, sample Emelisse Barley Wine with cubes of old cheese. The hearty sweet beer contrasts wonderfully with the salty cheese.
Tasting beer together in an intimate atmosphere with romantic snacks that you share together: Beer is 100% romantic!
Need further convincing, read 7 reasons why beer is a great Valentine's Day gift