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Mar 23, 2011 11:59 AM

Your Favorite Pairing

I always see lots of specific pairing ideas and questions but I thought I'd ask what your all time favorite beer/food pairing is.

Give me something that when you eat it you just have to have the beer with it or when you drink the beer it just makes you wish you had some of the food. Pairings that just belong together.

It's a plus if the beer isn't TOO obscure but if that's your all time favorite go ahead and post it.

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  1. Seared lamb sirloin with Sam Smith's Nut Brown ale. So good.

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    1. re: Josh

      Interesting. Any kind of sauce with the lamb?

      1. re: yossarian22

        No. Just rubbed it with fresh garlic, black pepper, and olive oil, then seared with kosher salt in cast iron skillet. Cooked it between rare and medium rare. The trick is to get a nicely browned crust on the outside of the lamb - those caramelized proteins pair beautifully with the brown ale.

        1. re: Josh

          SSNBA ain't your average brown ale. I get from it Fino sherry, leather, oak, orange, apricots and mangos. I totally agree with pairing a simple lamb preparation with this complex beer. And the relative low hoppiness works since lamb is rather lean. Nice I'll try it.

          1. re: Chinon00

            I was inspired to try it based on Garrett Oliver's Brewmaster's Table. He didn't mention this pairing specifically, just that seared, caramelized proteins and brown ales make good matches. I definitely agree.

    2. Dogfish head Fort with any chocolate dessert

      1. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale with Gorgonzola Dolce.


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        1. re: J.Dish

          hmm interesting. just the cheese by itself?

          1. re: yossarian22

            Yoss, are you an old SF artist's son by chance?

            I love a good saison with ceviches.

            1. re: mikek

              I don't believe I am.. I'm the son of an Ohioan banker

              1. re: yossarian22

                Not a common name, know a Yossarian who fit the other bill!

                1. re: mikek

                  But do you know a Major Major?

                  1. re: Josh

                    My ex-wife worked with a cop named Khuele (pronounced "cool") and his rank was Captain. Then one day Captain Khuele was promoted to Major Khuele, and hilarity ensued...

        2. With Mexican or Spanish dishes I love Negro Modelo. With everything else, Newcastle Ale. It goes with everything or nothing.

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          1. re: The Drama Queen

            McKenzies Saison Vautour and Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese. The cheese and the saison really play off themselves. First had this a year ago at the Brewers Plate in Philadelphia.

            1. re: cwdonald

              I love a West Coast IPA paired with pizza topped with olive oil, veg & herbs from the garden, a little smoked cheese, and baked on the grill.

          2. Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and a sour beer, in this case, drakes sour brauer. Pork in general is an easy pairing for a lot of american pale ales, but i find pork and oatmeal stout to be a nice combination.