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Brooklyn Brewery and BBQ

05-16-2013

Brooklyn Brewery and BBQ: Food Pairing

 

“And this is what real beer can do: it can make every single decent meal you have an interesting and memorable flavor experience. It can be something that will light up your senses and make you actually want to pay attention to what’s happening on your palate.” – Garrett Oliver, the Brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery. From his book, The Brewmaster’s Table.

 

The great thing about beer, that Oliver makes quite clear in his book, is that beer can pretty much be paired with anything. So, celebrate summer with a nice grill out with some beer pairing options, Brooklyn style.

 

First, get your grill started so it will be prefect temp by the time you crack open your first brew. Now, read on with these suggestions pairings that match Brooklyn Brewery.

 

Brooklyn Brown. Brown Ale. 5.6% ABV. 30 IBU.

Ribs have a strong, sticky sweet flavor that can easily overwhelm a lighter beer. A brown ale will match the ribs in terms of flavor, while the malty backbone helps complement the ribs’ flavor. In addition, the caramel flavors work well to enhance the sweet and dark flavors.

 

Brooklyn Lager. Amber Lager. 5.2% ABV. 33 IBU.

Burgers need a beer that won’t overwhelm the palate that won’t be drowned out by the meat and toppings. An amber lager provides a depth of flavor with a clean, crisp finish that cuts through to refresh the palate.

 

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. Farmhouse Saison. 7.6% ABV. 34 IBU.

This single-hopped Farmhouse Saison pairs well with grilled corn on the cob. The Sorachi hop adds an acidic aroma that complements corn on the cob, especially if you eat it how I do, which is with fresh-squeezed lemons or limes and chili seasoning. Clean malt flavor matches the corn’s carb levels while the hop bitterness balances out the corn’s sweetness.

 

Brooklyn Summer Ale. Pale Ale. 5% ABV. 18 IBU.

Pair it with grilled shrimp and pineapple kebabs. The pale ale has a light citrus aroma that complements the pineapple. The British malts and four different kinds of hops make sure its flavor is bursting, while not overpowering the delicate flavors of the shrimp. 

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