Editor's Note: Ask a what? A Certified Cicerone®. That is, a beer expert who has passed a particular certification exam administered by the Craft Beer Institute. You can think of them as beer sommeliers: these folks have demonstrated significant beer knowledge and tasting skill, as well as professional skills in beer sales and service.
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Beer lovers often brag that when it comes to food pairing, beer will beat wine every time. But even so, there are some foods that just seem to resist a beverage match. We asked 8 beer experts for food-and-beer pairings that prove difficult, and whether there's any solution to the challenge of finding a delicious beer for these tricky dishes. Here's what they had to say.