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Mar 24, 2014 07:41 PM

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 ( 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.