Hope everybody is relaxed and that you tried to tone it down and slip into slo-mo mode.
Let’s talk crafted beers. Slowly starting to become trendier. Just like food people are aware of what they drink. People want to know where there food and drinks come from and what it’s made of.
What is a crafted beer? Beer made by a brewer that is small, independent, and traditional, this is a very basic definition.
There is a bad stigma floating around about beer that it’s boring or just for sporting events. This is not true and there are plenty of chefs out there pairing beautiful food with great beer. Think hearty stews with a dark stout or golden ale, light ale with a salad.
Here are a few tips on pairing beer with food.
• The more hop bitterness the beer has, the heartier or livelier the meal needs
• Another general rule is keep sweet with sweet, and tart with tart.
• For those of you, who are bound to the wine pairing school of thought, think of ale as red wine and lager as white wine. Hoppy beers can also be used in place of a pairing that calls for an acidic wine. Though it honestly doesn’t matter, these tips might help you to convert your taste buds over to beer or those of a friend over to beer.
Just have fun and keep things simple. We do have some great grafted beers in South Africa one of my favorites’ are Darling Brew Slow beer please go have a look at their beer. Hers a great recipe to pair with their Native Ale
Cheers from Chef Ray
Food is love