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Easter Dinner - Beer Rec's ?

wc2473 Mar 16, 2009 04:06 PM

Hosting Easter Dinner: Ham, mac and cheese, salad with balsamic vinagrette dressing, roasted asparagus.

I live in PA (have to purchase by the case) and only want to buy one - most people will drink wine, budget of ~ $35 including tax. I was thinking Victory Prima Pils - thoughts and other recommendations?

  1. podunkboy Mar 24, 2009 05:32 PM

    I wish I was eating Easter dinner at your house -- my Dad always makes us drink WINE..although this year, they're out of town on Easter, and I have to choose between a dry dinner at the in-laws, or stay home with a ham sandwich and whatever's in the fridge.

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    1. re: podunkboy
      wc2473 Apr 13, 2009 08:16 AM

      Took a drive to Delaware and ended up with a 12 pack of Stoudt's Scarlet Lady and a 12 pack of Flying Fish ESB Ale. Both beers were a hit, but the Scarlet Lady went better with the meal.

    2. Chinon00 Mar 21, 2009 08:50 AM

      I agree with Josh prefering hoppy beer with fried foods. With Easter dinner I usually go with Alsatian Riesling which brings lots of fruit and then finishes with a snap of acidity (and no tannins). For me a beer that would work in a similar manner would be one with noticeable malt and low hop profile (and a zing from the yeast). I'm thinking Belgian Dubbel.

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      1. re: Chinon00
        Josh Mar 21, 2009 09:14 AM

        New Belgium's 1554 would probably be pretty good, or Ommegang's Abbey Ale.

        1. re: Josh
          wc2473 Mar 24, 2009 12:34 PM

          Thanks for the recs, I'm gonna go with Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB since I'm familiar and like it.

          I will post back on how it goes.

          1. re: wc2473
            DapperDave Mar 24, 2009 01:24 PM

            I love Scarlet Lady, on tap it is one of my favorites

      2. Chefmonty Mar 19, 2009 05:05 AM

        For an all around beer the Prima Pils is a good choice. For bigger flavor, I would probably go with Troegs hopback amber. My choice would be Stoudt's Smooth Hopperator, but I think that may run a little higher than $35

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        1. re: Chefmonty
          Josh Mar 19, 2009 08:07 AM

          Just curious, what about the menu listed makes you think anything with a lot of hops in it is a good pairing?

          1. re: Josh
            JessKidden Mar 19, 2009 07:08 PM

            Easter dinner > Easter Bunny > Bunny > Hops.

            1. re: JessKidden
              Josh Mar 20, 2009 10:34 AM

              Thanks for clarifying!

            2. re: Josh
              LStaff Mar 20, 2009 05:45 AM

              If the mac 'n cheese is made with cheddar, a hoppy beer can be appropriate imo.

              But I'm the type that thinks that a good IPA goes with anything.

              1. re: LStaff
                Josh Mar 20, 2009 10:35 AM

                Eh - I think that if I was buying only one beer, and a case of it at that, and I had to pair with the menu described, a hoppy beer would be the last thing I'd consider. ESB, nut brown, dry stout or porter would all come in well ahead of anything hoppy.

                1. re: Josh
                  jpc8015 Apr 6, 2009 10:29 PM

                  I was thinking a Nut Brown would go with that menu. Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale.

          2. Josh Mar 16, 2009 07:24 PM

            Prima Pils has a pronounced hop profile, and I don't think it's an ideal pairing.

            I'd go with Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB. It's got great malt flavor that will work well with all the foods you listed.

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            1. re: Josh
              mrgrotto Mar 20, 2009 11:50 AM

              Good call on the Stoudt's. Something a little heartier than the Prima Pils would be wise with all those big flavors.

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