Beer Pairings

Beer and food are better together.


How to Pair Beer With Mexican Food

Beer Pairings Mike Reis 12 comments

I know what you're thinking. "Here's how to pair beer with Mexican food: insert lime into Pacifico. Drink." I won't tell you not to drink your Coronas, Pacificos, and Tecates, but other beers can offer some serious south-of-the-border beer pairing satisfaction. Just like a well-made sauce can improve a dish, a well-paired beer can make any meal just a bit more awesome. More

Cheese and Beer Pairing Tips From Steve Jones of Portland's Cheese Bar

Beer Pairings Adam Lindsley 1 comment

If anyone understands the relationship between cheese and beer, it's Steve Jones, owner of Portland, Oregon's Cheese Bar. Here's his advice on learning to pair your favorite cheeses with their best beer match. More

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beer to Drink With Pizza

Ask a Cicerone Maggie Hoffman 11 comments

Pizza makes us happy, and beer makes us happy, and the two together make us really, really happy. We asked our beer pros for their tips on the ideal pairing for pizza, from a classic Margherita to the guilty pleasure of pizza Hawaiian-style. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Holiday Beer Pairing

Beer Pairings Mike Reis 2 comments

Whether the holidays make you think of sugar plums and snowmen or overly opinionated family members and a roast burning in the oven, there's one thing that seems to draw folks together like nothing else this time of year: booze. Here's our guide to the best beer options for several possible holiday feasts. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairing

Beer Pairings Mike Reis 8 comments

There's no one beverage that's going to perfectly match every item on your plate and you won't want a separate glass for your turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. But the beer you choose to serve is still important—as with any good celebration, you've gotta have good hooch. More

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers to Pair With Oysters

Ask a Cicerone Maggie Hoffman 3 comments

We asked our crew of beer experts about their favorite beer pairings for oysters, both the just-shucked raw kind and grilled and fried options. More

Smoked Beers: Your Secret Weapon for Beer Pairing

Beer Pairings Mike Reis 8 comments

Smoked beers are truly awesome with food. More

How to Pair Beer and Dessert

Beer Pairings Mike Reis 10 comments

Pairing drinks with any food isn't as simple as just matching flavors—there are other elements at play that can gloriously make (or disastrously break) the match. Here are a few things to consider when you're pairing beer and dessert. More

What to Drink with Ramen

Beer Pairings Maggie Hoffman 9 comments

A few pros—including Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery and Jordan Salcito of Momofuku—tell us which beers, wines, sakes, and ciders we should be sipping with each style of ramen. More

Beers to Drink at Your Summer Lobster Bake

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Beer pairings that will seriously punch up your seafood feast. More

How to Host A Beer and Cheese Tasting Party

Beer Pairings Mike Reis 3 comments

With the tips I have for you today, you'll be primed to host the most awesome beer and cheese tasting party ever...and you and your guests might even learn something along the way. More

Ask a Cicerone: Which Beers Are Best With Grilled Food?

Ask a Cicerone The Serious Eats Team 2 comments

Grilling season is officially upon us, and we're celebrating with beer. But while you're stocking up on sausages, ribs, chicken thighs, and steaks, you might want to pick up some beers that will be particularly well suited for your grilled feast. Our beer experts are on hand to suggest a brew that will make everything taste better together. More

How to Host a Mother's Day Beer Brunch

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If you're looking for something a little more creative than a Bellini and scrambled eggs, consider a Mother's Day celebration that forgoes the grape in favor of the grain. Invite Mom over for a beer brunch. Here's what to make and which beers to serve alongside each dish. More

How to Plan a Beer Dinner for Valentine's Day

Beer Pairings Michael Agnew 2 comments

What better way to woo your sweetest than a multi-course meal paired with beer? Skip the restaurant prix fixe scams and get cozy at home, cooking an aphrodiasical dinner together and sipping some delicious beer parings alongside each dish. More

The Best Beers to Drink with Christmas Cookies

Beer Pairings Michael Agnew 5 comments

Whether you're hosting a cookie swap party or delivering some gifts by way of reindeer-and-chimney, consider pouring a beer alongside your holiday dessert. More

Cider vs. Beer: A Thanksgiving Battle

Beer Pairings Chris Lehault 2 comments

The wall of craft beers and ciders at your local liquor store can seem daunting at first. But with a few guidelines, pairing for Thanksgiving can be exciting rather than stressful. We worked though a dozen or so ciders and beers to find out what works best for your feast. More

Which Beer Goes Best With Halloween Candy?

Beer Pairings Michael Agnew 5 comments

You had the decapitated mannequin in the front yard. The spooky lighting was lit. The creepy sound effects record from the 1960s was blaring from the turntable. You were set to scare the heck out of some unsuspecting trick-or-treaters and then reward their fearlessness with a bounty of sugary treats. The only problem was, not many kids showed up. Now what? You're stuck with buckets and bags full of candy. Might as well throw a party and serve all that candy with beer. More

Beer Pairings: What to Eat with Brown Ale

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A well-made brown ale is a symphony of toffee, nuts, and toast. It's the ideal partner for fall foods, when meals start to take on a little more heft; not quite the hearty comfort food of winter, but also not the corn salads of summer. More

Plan Your Fall Meals Around Pumpkin Beer

Beer Pairings Michael Agnew 6 comments

Pumpkin beers are simultaneously the most beloved and most reviled concoctions in the pantheon of seasonal brews. But pumpkin beer can be an ideal pairing for some of our favorite autumn meals. Read on for a few suggestions. More

Beer Pairings: What to Eat with Oktoberfest Beers

Beer Pairings Michael Agnew 8 comments

With the release of seasonal beers being pushed ever earlier on the calendar, mid-August usually marks the appearance of Oktoberfest on the shelves. I even saw one in mid-July this year. While some will grouse about this seasonal-creep, I don't mind so much. I would gladly drink Oktoberfest beers all year long. Here are a few dishes I like to cook up when I've got Märzenbier on hand. More

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