Whoop! So I pulled off 2 lovely afternoons filled with beer, food, good friends and conversation. All of the recipes I used can be found on my blog, I will list them below.
Now it’s back to the drawing/tasting board to plan Menu 2.
Beer+food Tasting Party: Menu 1
First course: Garage Project’s Salted White Peach Sour with a Cheeseboard
Cheese goes well with fruit, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it goes well with a fruity beer too. The carbonation as well as its dry finish makes it a great food beer. I threw in a bit of prosciutto, dried apricots and other fruits, as well as 3 types of cheeses – parmesan, creamy blue and camembert.
330ml serve / 2.9% ABV
Second course: Panhead Xtra Pale Ale with Bread and Butter Pickles
Panhead started in Upper Hutt, launched out of the old Dunlop tyre factory; the brand has a distinct motorhead aesthetic. The pickles recipe comes from ‘Ladies, a Plate: Jams and Preserves’ so this is a collision of two worlds, re-working something a bit old-fashioned. When you try the two together – pow wow! You will want to eat this every time the sun shines.
165ml serve / 4.6% ABV
Third course: 8 Wired Saison Sauvin with Ceviche
The distinctive Nelson Sauvin hop has similar characteristics to Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that is often paired with seafood. This is the only Saison Sauvin I have come across, as one blogger says it is “a little bit special and very tasty”.
165ml serve / 7.0% ABV
Fourth course: Good George Rocket Coffee IPA and Vege Skewers with Satay Sauce
The chilli and peanut flavours really bring out the coffee notes in this beer, backed up by the caramelized notes of roasted kumara – it’s even vegan. What more could you hipsters possibly want?
165ml serve / 6.0% ABV
Fifth course: Renaissance ‘Stonecutter’ Scotch Ale with Pulled Pork, Roasted Carrots and Harissa Labneh
This is an amazing food pairing beer, 9 malts are blended together to make Stonecutter, which is why you get so many layers of complexity from it. Add the warm spicy flavours of the pork and labneh, and this is foodie heaven.
165ml serve / 7.0% ABV
Sixth Course: Funk Estate Afrodisiac Stout and Cookies
Funk Estate’s most critically acclaimed beer to date, it’s an imperial stout that contains five aphrodisiac ingredients including chocolate, figs and maca root. Paired with these easy-like-Sunday-morning walnut and dark chocolate cookies. Yum!
165ml serve / 8.0% ABV
Links to recipes on blog here:
Satay Vege Skewers: https://beertruths.wordpress.com/2016/10/15/beer-food-pairing-8/
Labneh and pork: https://beertruths.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/beer-food-pairing-4/