Fine Dining and…Beer?

Question: What food matches better with beer than with wine?

       Answer: That’s probably a better question for a beer-oriented Web site, but we’ll give it a shot.

       Basically, anything that doesn’t go well with wine. That may seem obvious, but there’s actual wisdom within those words.

       While wine matches with an extremely wide array of food – in part because there are so many different types and styles of wine with so many different flavors – there are certain dishes that are problematic.

       An example: asparagus. While you CAN drink Sauvignon Blanc with that assertive-tasting vegetable, it’s not what we’d call a match made in heaven. It’s a match, yes, but not one we’d go out of our way to seek out.

       Another example: hot dogs. Again, while you CAN drink a nice, dry ros
e with a hot dog, we’d probably opt for a well-chilled brewsky.

       Ultimately, it all boils down to personal taste. If you like wine with asparagus, go for it. If you like a glass of vino with a hot dog, pop that cork.

       Beer certainly has its place in the world of food pairing, witness the handful of new “gastropubs” – focused on food and artisan beers – that have opened over the past year. But we’ve found that such establishments are particularly appealing to those who haven’t developed a palate for wine.

     Ultimately, the best culinary experiences involve food and WINE, not food and beer.


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