Beer 501: #dinnerdare pairings part deux

Mar 16 2012 Published by under Beer, Life

After the initial flurry #dinnerdare postings have died down. But there were still a few. And here be the pairings.

Dr24hours' Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches:
Apparently he wore himself out with his first entry... Beer with peanut butter? Sure, why not? How about a decent amber ale? Unibroue Maudite - some nut and maybe caramel, apple and fig notes. Highly drinkable.

ProfLikeSubstance's Stuffed Pork Loin and Green Beans:
Pork and gorgonzola. Sounds like a great combo. I'm suggesting two potential pairings. A German doppelbock - my favorite is Ayinger Celebrator. Dark, rich in malt, bready and slightly bitter, not from hops, but from the roasted malt. ANother possibility would be a Belgian tripel. Try Gouden Carolus Tripel, or for an American version, Anderson Valley Brother David's Tripel. Tripels tend to be malty-sweet with underlying fruitiness (apple, pear), plus some bread character.

SciTriGrrl's Soba Noodle with Spicy Peanut Sauce (no picture):
Apparently loosely based on this recipe. Again, two possible pairings. Avery White Rascal, a Belgian-style wit ale, works well with spicy Asian food. Or you could try Avery IPA - fairly strong citrus notes with good, hoppy bitterness.

KatieSci's Corndog in a Glass:
Also carries the tag #gradstudentstyle. A better use of that glass would be to pour a Avery Joe's Pilsner into it (but don't put the corndog in too!). A huge step up from the usual American pilsner dross, and still affordable enough for a grad student.

PHLane's Bacon-wrapped St. Louis Dog served on Pulled Pork:
Bacon at last! Really people, so many #dinnerdares and so little bacon? And note this also came with fries. I believe Pascale was drinking Yuengling Lager(?) at the ballpark. Not a bad choice as a pairing with this. Probably also about the best you'll do at the vast majority of ballparks. But let's pretend you could get better. How about a Achouffe McChouffe? This is a Belgian dark red ale with a soft malt base, typical Belgian yeast flavor, plus noticeable bitterness from the hops. A well-balanced ale for a warm day in the sun.

Once again, if I missed any, let me know.

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