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Need beer advice for pig roast

cruxNC Jun 15, 2012 12:41 PM

Moving from NC to Boston and having a big leaving town party. We are roasting a pig and I want to get a keg. I was really hoping to get a keg of Fullsteam but they aren't selling kegs to the public right now. I would like to get a beer that pairs well with pork and one that ,any will be able to enjoy. Bonuses are if they are north Carolinian or bostionian. Love to hear suggestions.

  1. Chinon00 Jun 23, 2012 10:35 AM

    When I think of roasted pork I see malty rich beers like bock or oktoberfest (marzen) going well.

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      Idyllwild Jun 22, 2012 10:51 PM

      In my opinion,it would be disrespectful to the pig to not offer something better than Bud or Schlitz. I'm not too familiar with NC breweries, but I enjoy a hoppy amber ale with pork. They often have a little caramel sweetness that reflects the sweetness in the meat, but enough hoppiness to still be refreshing. Stone Levitation, Green Flash Hop Head Red, and Port Sharkbite Red are good examples from my neck of the woods, hopefully there's some similar brews near you.

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        thistle5 Jun 17, 2012 01:05 PM

        Sounds like a great party- as long as your pig is good, & you don't run out of beer too early, you're good to go...I'd pick up whatever local beer you can get, Yuengling is a good inexpensive beer from PA (halfway between NC & Boston) to stretch things out, good luck on the party & the move!

        1. carolinadawg Jun 16, 2012 04:53 AM

          Between the warm weather and the heaviness of the pork, I think you need a lighter beer, like a pilsner or kolsch. Not sure where you are in NC, but Front Street Brewery in Wilmington makes an excellent Summer Kolsch. Terrapin Rye Pale Ale would also be good. Or Red Oak Brewery's Humminbird.

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          1. re: carolinadawg
            brentk Jun 16, 2012 12:13 PM

            We now have over 60 breweries in NC. Pick one that is near you and support your local brewery.

            1. re: brentk
              carolinadawg Jun 16, 2012 04:02 PM

              Thanks for the tip. I do.

              1. re: carolinadawg
                brentk Jun 17, 2012 05:01 AM

                I can tell that you do, dawg, but the OP obviously is looking for something other than BMC, otherwise why post here. I would bet that just about every one of the NC breweries has a brew in its lineup that would have broad appeal. You made a few great suggestions. If the OP wants to clarify his locale, we could pinpoint other ideas, if necessary.

                1. re: brentk
                  cruxNC Jun 17, 2012 06:57 AM

                  I really appreciate everyone's comments. A few quick thoughts.
                  1. We are focusing on the pork. I agree it should be the star. If anyone has favorite recipes for a rub or seasoning, I am open.
                  2. I want to please my guests, but don't really care if they would prefer bud... I am buying they can broaden their horizon a bit... and it is going to be free.
                  3. I want to support local breweries. I actually believe there is 61 breweries now in NC. I am very familar with MANY of them and frequent brewpubs and local beer festivals. If I had my druthers I would have wedge (which didn't have a keg available and even if they I won't have time this week to make it to asheville) and Fullsteam (but they currently are not selling kegs to the general public). I was looking for first a formost a pairing with pork (similar to pinot noir goes fantastic with pork) and secondly a beer that would be broadly enjoyed. (FYI I am currently located in Winston Salem).
                  I thought a keg was the way to go... but I think I am sold on the suggest to get 3-5 types of beer and ice it down. And Schlitz is a great idea for a good cheap beer that many will enjoy. I will likely grab some Sam and Harpoon and see what I can get in bottle from NC (either at city bev or total wine).

                  1. re: cruxNC
                    JeremyEG Jun 17, 2012 07:33 AM

                    I loved the beers at Lexington Avenue Brewery in Asheville but not sure where their distribution area is exactly. I might throw in an IPA of some kind. I think the hops might be good with the fatty meat. This sounds like a blast. Have fun!

                    1. re: cruxNC
                      JB BANNISTER Jun 17, 2012 12:51 PM

                      How are you roasting it it? La Caja China, spit roast, Southern Smoked or in the ground?

                      1. re: cruxNC
                        brentk Jun 17, 2012 04:46 PM

                        I don't buy kegs so I am not sure exactly what is available but Foothill's makes some terrific beers and is your local. Carolina Blonde or Salem Gold would have broad appeal, though I would prefer Torch Pilsner. Hoppyum or, if it is available, Jade IPA, would be great choices but may be a bit too hoppy for some.

                        If you go the bottle route, however, I would eliminate Foothills from consideration as they don't bottle in 12 oz sizes, except for Carolina Blonde and Cottonwood Endo IPA. A good choice from Greensboro in bottles would be Natty Greene's Buckshot Amber, as the malty flavors of that beer would pair nicely with the pork. Another maltier style brew that is available in 12 oz bottles is Sweet Josie from Lonerider in Raleigh.

                        My personal preference is for the hoppier styles as I think the bitterness of the hops would cut the smokier pork flavors nicely though I recognize the limited appeal the IPAs may have - some of your guests will love them and others may not. For that reason, I suggested some maltier alternatives. For mass appeal, however, I would go with the Blonde, Gold or Pilsner.

                        1. re: cruxNC
                          JRSD Jun 21, 2012 02:56 PM

                          I don't think they make it over to Winston-Salem but Shiva IPA from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co comes in cans and would go well with the fatty pork.

                2. Uncle Bob Jun 15, 2012 12:47 PM

                  I get 2 or 3 or 4 or 5.. Number 3 Washtubs...Ice down several different kinds of domestic and Imports...top off with a hand full or two of ice cream salt.


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                  1. re: Uncle Bob
                    JB BANNISTER Jun 16, 2012 03:42 AM

                    I agree. Focus on making a good pig. Most peoples favorite beer is Budweiser or FREE. Damn Chowhound needs a "like" button.

                    1. re: JB BANNISTER
                      Beachowolfe Jun 16, 2012 09:25 AM

                      "Most people's favorite beer is Budweiser or FREE"


                    2. re: Uncle Bob
                      billray68 Jun 16, 2012 11:46 AM

                      What a great idea! You might want to include a few 'Sam Adams' (for whitch I don't personally care) for diehards, and Schlitz for old southerners (like me) but most won't care as long as the beer is free and cold, and the pig is good!

                      BTW, may I attend? If not; Uncle Bob, may I come to your house?

                      1. re: billray68
                        Uncle Bob Jun 23, 2012 08:14 AM

                        For sure.....next time we BBQ goat over in the pasture ~~~ One year, long time ago, we over did it on the Ice cream salt....the wash tubs had a thick coat of frost on the outside....the beer was freezing....Had to take a can out of the tub and place it near the pit to thaw a little.....So ya had two beers going at once....one in your hand, and the other "cooking" Ha!! ~~ Good times and very cold beer...

                        PS Schlitz was definitely in the mix big time back then.........

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