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Aug 7, 2013 05:06 PM

Surprising Beer Pairings

Just tried a fresh nectarine with Pliny the Elder. Worked surprisingly well.

Any other unusual pairings y'all have run into?

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  1. You can try that in a beer infuser too.

    1. Last Sunday I "paired" a Capt. Lawrence Smoked Porter with negi toro-don (minced raw tuna and onion) on rice and a grilled tuna cheek bone and it was.....well it was interesting. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I grabbed that beer. But "unusual" is a definitely a good descriptor for it all.

      1. The best beer pairings I have had are cheeses. It still amazes me how many people scoff at the idea of pairing beer with cheese.

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        1. re: jpc8015

          I have never heard anyone scoff at the idea of pairing beer with cheese. Beer is the ideal accompaniment to cheese.

          1. re: Tripeler

            It is usually the wine people scoffing at beer and cheese pairings. Some of them have a hard time understanding that beer goes beyond Bud Light.

            1. re: jpc8015

              I think it goes beyond that. A wine drinker might not have thought about a beer's ability to scrub fat off the tongue due to its carbonation, for instance.

              1. re: Jim Dorsch

                I think that a lot of people just have a superiority complex when it comes to wine.

                    1. re: Josh

                      Interesting to me that more beer fans are somewhat knowledgeable about wine than wine fans are about beer. Champagne and Cava are great matches for beer, though.

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        Great points. I used to be a wine buyer for a Marriott property so I like to think that I know a thing or two about wine. I certainly knew about the wines that were on my list and knew how to pair them with our menu. But by no means am I an expert on the stuff.

                        Sometimes I like to pair my beer with a shot of Crown Royal.

                        1. re: jpc8015

                          Beer with a Crown Royal shot sounds like winter to me.

                          1. re: Tripeler

                            I know the Christmas season is upon us once I have had a shot of Rumpluminze chased by a Pyramid Snowcap.

            2. That sound far too much like Magic Hat #9 on P.E.D.'s for me to ever want to even try it.
              Now that beer with a baked avocado with an egg placed in the seed hole , topped with cheddar would be great

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              1. re: niquejim

                Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.