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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.”

Conclusion

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!

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?

Lagers

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

Budweiser

Coors Light

Miller Lite

Ales

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

Guinness

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.