Pairing beer to fried chicken is all about finding balance. Despite its greasy reputation, well-prepared fried chicken displays a delicate interplay of juicy, flavorful meat and toasty, crunchy crust. The beer you choose should speak to both without overpowering either. The aggressively bitter, citrusy punch of IPAs and pale ales throw the balance out of whack. The fruity and spicy yeast flavors of weissbiers and many Belgian beers can clash with fried chicken's crusty crunch.