When you really know and enjoy craft beer flavors, you start to recognize tasting patterns. Pairing your beer with your food is a logical next step, right? Looking for tasty craft beer food pairing suggestions? Summertime seems to beg for these, doesn’t it?
Our friends at Backwoods Brewing make many flavors of their brews that pair well with food. Great combinations are hard to beat, right? We feel that way about working with Backwoods Brewing Company to represent them around the world and sharing their lovely beer creations.
Recently, I spoke with our own Todd Wetzel about pairing types of craft beer with different types of foods. Which are his favorites? So … straight from a craft beer connoisseur’s mouth … here are some terrifically tasty food and beer combinations.
Understandably, our team knows the Backwoods’ craft beer creations well. So, we will reference their beer as we discuss specific craft beer and food pairing suggestions.
CKJY Exports Craft Beer & Food Pairing Suggestions
The Water’s family flagship Logyard IPA (Alcohol/Vol. 6.7% 78 IBU) is brewed and dry-hopped with 4 different aroma hop varieties, giving it an upfront hop character. Pine and citrus on the nose, with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and melon, followed with a light finish that’s not too bitter.
What type of foods pair well with a hop centric beer like this one?
Hop centric beers typically pair well with rich or salty foods. To quote the logic of The Beer Bible – “Salt inhibits bitterness, and bitterness quenches after a salty wash.”
Try a spicy dish like Thai Chili Calamari or Cantonese Salt & Pepper Squid.
Terrific to pair with a meat and cheese tray.
Their Copperline Amber Ale (Alcohol/Vol. 5.5% 20 IBU) is malt forward, with a balanced finish that’s not too sweet. Subtle notes of orange and spices make this a very refreshing and approachable beer that is good any time of year.
What type of foods pair well with a malt forward beer like this one?
Malt forward beers pair well with milder flavored foods. They compliment each other nicely without overpowering one another.
Roasted vegetables and pizza are both winning combinations.
The balance of this beer is terrific with American cheeseburgers also.
Backwoods Brewing Company’s Gifford Pinchot Pilsner (Alcohol/Vol. 5.2% 40 IBU) is a Czech Pilsner brewed the exact way they do it in Prague. Made with a Czech Saaz hop, this beer has a spicy floral aroma with grassy notes and a clean crisp finish.
What type of foods pair well with a tangy full bodied beer like this one?
Rich foods such as cheeses or fatty dishes.
Nicely pairs with fried seafood dishes.
Made exclusively with Vic’s Secret Hops from Australia, the Scaler Single Hop (Alcohol/Vol. 6.3% – 50 IBU) provides bright notes of pine and pineapple, with a medium/light body and crisp finish. Great for a summer refresher!
What type of foods pair well with a light bodied beer such as this?
Terrific to pair with salty or sour dishes. This light bodied beer tempers the flavors well.
Tasty with grilled fish.
Try pairing in with fried shrimp. Your tastebuds will thank you.
Also, the Single Hop Scaler pairs particularly well with salty seafood gumbo.
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Born a Southern girl, I was transplanted a few times as a Navy wife! Now, our “retired” USN family, calls CA home. As UNC business school grad, I gained lots of useful insights by finding different opportunities and challenges along our military life’s path. Love of traveling, making friends, experiencing other cultures and sharing the best of all that with everyone are now all part of me.