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Flavorful Beers to Pair with Your Food

Men’s Journal says it best – “When pairing beer and food, it all comes down to matching the food’s flavors to the flavors of the beers.” Your brew and bite to eat can truly complement each other, but only if you understand how food and drink pairings work. Usually, bold and rich lagers are paired with meats, while light and hoppy ales go well with seafood and pasta. Learn more about the best beer flavors to pair with your meal!

Pizza/All Beer

When it comes to a cheesy dish, almost any beer pairs well. From cheesy breads to pan-dish pizzas, you don’t have to worry about which beer to choose. If you are ordering a light dish, such as a thin-crust pizza, lighter beers like ales or pale lagers are perfect.  

Seafood/Blonde Ales

Chicken and seafood dishes can have a lot of flavor; therefore, you don’t want to overpower the flavors with a heavy beer. Instead, opt for a beer that is lighter. Anything from a Belgian Blonde ale and German Hefeweizen to a Blue Moon can complement your fish or chicken. For richer creams and sauces, it makes sense to go for a heavier beer.

Burgers/Fuller Porter/Stouts

The best pairing for a burger or steak dish is with a dark stout. Brown ales and lagers are also great choices. Matt Simpson from The Beer Sommelier comments, “The idea is to balance the sweet malt and bitter aromatic hops. Any big robust beef or meaty food should include a beer that is big and bold enough to stand up to roasted meat like a darker, fuller porter or stout.”


Visit our sports bar to order a handcrafted beer from Johnny’s Bar & Grill. We have imported and domestic beers that pair well with our delicious meals. Browse our menu to order your favorite beer and bites today!

Read This and Drink with Confidence

Ask anyone who drinks alcohol and you’ll hear something different from everybody. One will attest that tequila makes them euphoric and social, another will attribute their sudden rush of aggressiveness to too much Jack Daniels or Vodka. While there is plenty of scientific study about how alcohol affects the brain, there is still not a lot of information on how different types of alcohol work on the body. If you’ve ever wondered how to drink with more confidence, read on!

 A “Standard” to Live By

Did you know that all alcohol whether you’re talking about wine, beer, whiskey, or tequila is the same? All drinkable alcohols are made from ethanol, and ethanol just so happens to be what gets you drunk. The NIH thus has created the “standard drink” model so people can understand that all drinks regardless of their respective sizes contain the same amount of ethanol. A standard drink refers to 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of liquor, or 5 ounces of wine.

The Factor of Environment

The way in which you consume alcohol, as well as the environment where you consume it both play important roles in how it will affect your body and mood. Having a few beers while watching TV will feel different than taking 2 back-to-back shots at a club with your friends. This is because your choice of drinking environment is reinforcing the experience you want to have. For example, if you like to philosophize around the fireplace, sipping on a peaty scotch is probably a better choice than shots of Jägermeister and Red Bull.

The company you keep while drinking is also indicative of your mood while drinking. Studies have shown that when individuals are with others that are drinking heavily, they’re more inclined to feel just as intoxicated as their comrades even if they haven’t drunk as much. Choose your friends wisely when you’re planning on consuming alcohol, it will influence your experience heavily.

In the Mix

Are you feeling uncharacteristically tired or hyper after a few cocktails? If your drink is mixed with highly caffeinated or sugary liquids, it will quench the intoxicated feeling even though you’re taking on the same amount of alcohol. Sugar has been found to actually mitigate the effects of intoxication because it slows down the entry of ethanol into the bloodstream.


The best strategy for a fun night out on the town is to moderate your drinking and keep in mind that your experience with alcohol is hinged on both who you’re with as well as what you’re mixing your alcohol in if anything. When you feel like having a standard drink (or two) in an inviting and fun atmosphere, visit Johnny’s Bar & Grill today.

How to Pick the Best Beer

Going out to a restaurant that has a selection of unfamiliar beers can be intimidating. Imagine craving a refreshing beer, heading to the nearest restaurant, reading over the list of handcrafted brews and not recognizing a single one. Restaurants that brew their own beers tend to give creative and unfamiliar names to their finished products. While unique, it can be confusing; nobody quite knows how to order! Follow along with this blog if you’re interested in learning how to pick the best beer for your taste buds!

Past Favorites

Finding yourself craving a refreshing beer usually means you’ve tasted one in the past that you really enjoyed. When you aren’t sure which mystery beer on the menu sounds good, think back on past beer’s you’ve liked. Having a hankering usually means you have a specific taste in mind. Allow this to be your guide through the listed options.

Appearance and Taste

While looking at the list, don’t skim over the details! The name of the beer will usually give you an adequate description of appearance and taste. If not, a description will most likely follow the name on the menu. Try to match the description to the taste you are craving. Appearance and tasting notes are going to be your biggest clue. Still feeling confused? Use Google! If you’re unsure of what the beer may look like, give it a quick Google search on your smartphone! This is a sure way to know exactly what the brew looks like once poured into a glass.

When in Doubt….

If everything else fails and you’re just completely lost, there is no shame in asking. The people who work at the restaurant are going to be able to help you pick the best by answering any questions you may have. There’s no need to be embarrassed; this is their job and we guarantee they get asked multiple times a day! Our tip to you: ask the bartender, not the waiter! The bartender is going to have the best knowledge on all the different beers and will have the ability to point you in the right direction.


Don’t be intimidated by the creative and unique names that restaurants often give their brews. Simply keep in mind the taste you’re looking for, what appearance best matches and always ask when in doubt! Craving something refreshing this spring? Head on over to Johnny’s Bar & Grill website to plan your visit!


What’s in a Beer

Not everyone drinks beer, but when they do, they love it. Beer is one of the most widely consumed adult beverages in the country. According to a Gallup Poll done in 2017, beer continued to be American’s go-to alcoholic beverage. Today, the popularity of beer has reached new heights.

With so many breweries across the country, the options have never been better. There are two primary styles of brewing: Ales and Lagers. We here at Johnny’s Bar and Grill want to shed a little light on the two beer styles because who doesn’t want to learn more about beer?


While some may prefer the taste of other beers, there is no doubt that when it comes to sheer volume, lager has made its mark. Lager gets its name from the German word lagern, or to store. They have bottom-fermenting yeasts, which steep at the bottom of a fermentation container, and is then stored at cold temperatures until it’s ready to drink.

Lager style is king in the United States, not because it tastes better than ales, but rather by the sheer volume that is consumed. In 2017, 19 of the top 20 highest selling beers in the United States are lagers. If you have been to a party, restaurant, or bar it is almost a certainty that you have been sipped on a lager.

Popular Lagers


Coors Light

Miller Lite


On the other hand, ales are brewed with a top-fermenting yeast in warm temperatures. This results in a sweeter, fuller bodied taste. Interestingly enough, ales were seen as nutritional in medieval times. Its low alcohol content helped keep people hydrated without getting them drunk and seen almost as a meal substitute. The alcohol helped keep the precious nectar preserved and was deemed a safer option as to water, as it was often filled with bacteria.

Today, ales are as diverse as they are delicious. From pale ales and Indian pale ales to stouts and porters, this style of beer is known for its versatility. Ale has been around since the time of antiquity and continues to be delicious to this day.

Popular Ales

Newcastle Brown Ale


Goose Island IPA

Beer is one part art, one part science, and all parts amazing. There is a reason why this beverage has been around for thousands of years. If you prefer lager to ales, great! If you prefer ales to lager, fantastic. There is nothing wrong with that. Or you can be like the vast majority of beer connoisseurs, and you can simply enjoy both.

We here at Johnny’s Bar and Grill are proud to serve both of these great styles of beers, and if you want to learn more, be sure to visit our website.