AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE

Wanna shake things up? Think outside the wine glass and try pairing your menu with beer! Wine has garnered most of the attention when it comes to food pairing, but the right beer can also be a perfect match for dinner. In a nutshell, light food flavours match with lighter beer flavours, while dark beer easily matches with heavier, more robust food flavours.

FISH:

Light beer, dry lager, dry pilsner

Delicate fish dishes
need delicate light beers.

CHICKEN:

Lighter lager, pilsner, brown ale, pale ale

Almost anything works with chicken! The method of preparation makes a big difference, so that could play into the equation too.

PIZZA:

Domestic brown ales

Brown ale tends to be lighter in body and sweeter than pale ales, and more delicate in flavour, making it versatile for different styles of pizzas.

MEXICAN:

Imported gold and amber lagers

Rich, malty, roasted beer that absorbs the heat of Mexican food and provides a great counterpart to the spiciness.

BARBECUE:

Ale, pale ale, porter

These are medium to heavy bodied beers, with good bitterness to stand up to the strong flavours of barbecued food.

BEEF, LAMB OR GAME:

Full dark ale, amber ale, English bitter, porter

Hearty beers for hearty meats; the heavier body and bitterness of these beers blend wonderfully with beef, lamb or game.

SAMPLE PAIRINGS TO GET YOU GOING…