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Your Favorite Beer Snack?

I have always loved pork rinds with beer, particularly the Mexican style with a layer of fat still attached, since the fat makes them scream for a good hot sauce or even just Tabasco.

These days my most common beer snack are crisp little sheets of Korean nori seaweed. Fewer calories, but tasty nonetheless.

And, what beer do you normally drink most often?
For me, it would have to be a very hoppy U.S. style IPA.

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  1. Wasabi peas

    But salty roasted nuts are never a bad thing.

    1. It depends on what beer I'm drinking at the moment. Overall though I really like a good large soft pretzel with some whole grain mustard to dip it in.

      I try to avoid snacks that will overpower or clash with the beer, such as hot salsas (even though I like them, just not with beer) and other spicy foods.

      As for what beer I drink most often these days, probably Firestone Pale 31, although I like a wide range of styles of beer.

      1. Anderson hard pretzels. Onion rings or a bloomin' onion flower (same idea, I know). A hot pastrami on rye.

          1. Yes! Korean nori has been in my rotation recently as well. Even just for snacking. They just started selling big multi-packs at my Costco.

            But my sort of standard over the years has been "kaki-pi" which are spicy little rice crackers (shaped like persimmon seeds) mixed with peanuts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaki_no_...). But pretty much nuts in general- especially pistachio, will always be at the top of my list. I also like steamed and salted edamame and also any type of spicy pickles- like the habanero ones from McClure's.

            Truth be told, I drink most of my beer these days on draft at bars though. But one awesome snack I discovered at the Chinese supermarket is a Taiwanese green tea-wasabi peanut snack. A little salty, a little sweet, a little spicy, and crunchy. If I can get my hands on these, I'll grab beer to drink at home. They are seriously addictive. Photo attached.

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            1. re: Silverjay

              Kaki-pi are part of my regular rotation also, but I will certainly keep an eye out for the Taiwanese wasabi green tea peanuts; they sound fantastic.

              1. re: Tripeler

                A few weeks ago I was at a bar in the Aria hotel here in Las Vegas trying a brand new beer brewed especially for them by Stillwater Brewing.

                The beer was served along with a bowl of complimentary Wasabi peas and spicy peanuts/pretzels. Thankfully I took some sips of the beer BEFORE consuming the peas, because after eating some it completely overwhelmed the taste of the beer. In fact I'd go as far as to say it ruined the taste. So, unless I'm just in the mood to chug some cheap beer and not really worried about actually tasting the beer, you won't see me eating Wasabi peas again with a beer.

            2. I love the German idea of salted radish. Crispy, salty and full of flavor. Theres a place in NYC that does it with Daikon. Really good

              1. Pizza... but that's not because there's a perfect cuisine match... any "poker game" type food works...

                If I'm stickling for a great cuisine match then I'm going wheat beer and hot / spicy food such as Thai or Indian.... also nice w/ grilled spicy seafood (skewered shrimp, etc.)...

                1. some good cheeses and some good cured meat or sausage. sometimes diced jalapenos and onion. all towering on some decent crackers.

                  1. Jamon serrano or similar cured ham, air dried sausages, super old cheese.

                    I drink trappist beer every day (though no longer Westvleteren. Too much hassle, too much hype, inconsistant etc. In the old days one could show up and buy a bunch.).

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                    1. re: Pata_Negra

                      I share your like for dried cured meats.

                      Which Trappist beers do you drink most often? If they are sweet, I like them with dark chocolate.

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        Westmalle (both dark and tripel). Best price-performance beer and most supermarkets stock it! I don't like sweetish beer, am a 'bitter girl'.

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                        I also drink these by the crate: http://saudades.proboards.com/thread/...

                        And some snacks... http://saudades.proboards.com/thread/...

                    2. Great topic! My father loved to eat Snyder's hard pretzels and cheddar cheese with beer (Budweiser only). I've expanded this to many different types of cheese and some form or crusty bread with craft beer. Easily my favorite beer "snack", though if the cheese and bread are good it sometimes turns into a meal.

                      To your second question, I don't have a typical beer because I like to drink a variety. Though lately I've focused on Belgian styles.

                      1. Dried squid run under a torch.
                        Salami and cheese.
                        Roasted peanuts in shell.
                        Sunflower seeds (if I'm not actually hungry but just want salt).

                        Can't say I have a regular beer, about 60/% a variety of craft brews and the other 40% is usually Tecate or Kirin which are cheap around my parts.

                        1. One of my very favorite beer snacks is "pogacsa" (pronounced po-ga cha); it is a classic Hungarian scone-like biscuit made with pork cracklings.

                          Indescribably good with beer!