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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?

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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

        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

          Easter dinner > Easter Bunny > Bunny > Hops.

          1. re: JessKidden

            Thanks for clarifying!

          2. re: Josh

            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

              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

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

        2. 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

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

            1. re: Josh

              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

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

          2. 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

              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.