Ordering Sapporo beer with that sushi? You’re not the only one. While you may not exactly be swarming in beer choices at your favorite Asian cuisine spot (unless you’re visiting Ling & Louie’s of course) as you would at a brewery, there are lots of tasty pairings that haven’t quite been unlocked besides the go-to Japanese beer.
Because people more typically associate beer with Western and European origins, it tends to be an outsider when it comes to Asian dish pairings. But when the time comes to make your selection, one should always remember that beer is really just that friendly guy with great qualities who never wants to let you down. Most of the time.
- IPA’s and Evil Jungle Princess
IPA’s can be an overpowering beer if not paired with the right dish. Their intense citrusy flavor and hops can quickly steal the spotlight on the stage that is your palate, leaving what was once a flavorful dish tasting somewhat bland. So what’s the key to finding the perfect pairing? More flavor! IPA’s tend to pair well with curries and spices that can to hold their own in dishes no matter what you’re pairing them with.
Our Beer & Dish Pairing Recommendation: Evil Jungle Princess & Mother Road ‘Tower Station’ IPA
- Pilsners and Sushi
Pilsners are known for their crispness, bitterness and complex malt flavors in varying degrees. This pale lager is brewed in many ways and in many places. Its flavors form a balanced beer that’s easy to pair with many types of dishes including sushi and its hops and bitterness bring out the umami flavors of the fish.
Our Beer & Dish Pairing Recommendation: Toledo Roll & Montejo Pilsner
- Hefeweizen and Seafood
Hefeweizens are a sweeter, easy to drink wheat beer. They aren’t typically hoppy and their banana-like smoothness makes them a great pairing for seafood dishes that require a bit of contrast from their usual salinity. German-style hef’s and other wheat beers are great to pair with buttery food like scallops and lobster.
Our Beer & Dish Pairing Recommendation: Seafood Hot Pot & Widmer Bros. Hefeweizen
- Pale Ales and Pad Thai
Much like pilsners, pale ales have the ability to pair well with many different foods depending on where it’s brewed and what their strongest characteristics are. Pale ales are brewed with lightly roasted malts, making them a great pairing for nutty dishes or even spicy ones. Our recommendation to pair with this equally malty and hoppy brew? A steaming hot pad Thai dish.
Our Beer & Dish Pairing Recommendation: New Wave Pad Thai & Ling & Louie’s ‘Copper’ Pale Ale