Chicago Craft Beer Week
In celebration of the Chicago’s Craft Beer Week May 19-27 I thought I would share some of my favorite craft beer packaging, as well as some food and beer pairings courtesy of The Brew Brothers and CraftBeer.com. Information regarding CCBW check out their website.
Light Beer, Spicy Food
Light ales and lagers go best with spicy foods. Heavy beers will make the meal too oppressive for the taste buds, and complex beers will be lost once your taste buds are met by the spicy food.
Brown Ale, Brown Food
Brown ales go great with mushroom gravies, beef dishes and wild game.
Porter Beer, Heavy Stew
Try a porter with a bowl of beef stew or a bowl of chili.
There’s nothing like shucking a plate of oysters while enjoying a mug of stout.
Sweet Stout/Sweet Dessert
Pair a sweet stout with a rich dessert like chocolate cheesecake or flourless chocolate cake drowning in a raspberry sauce.
A pilsner is great with a plate of fried shrimp or crab cakes.
Bring out the amber beer when you’re serving up a homemade Chicago-style deep dish pizza.
Best with light foods, salads, sushi, vegetable dishes.
Strong, spicy food, curry. Sweet desserts like carrot cake.
Sweet or Oatmeal Stout
Rich, spicy food like barbecued beef, Oaxacan mole or hearty Szechuan dishes.
Photos and Illustration by Orange Marigold