The ultimate beer & food pairing guide
Looking for the perfect beer and food pairing? We asked the experts at Brewhouse & Kitchen for their top picks for some of Britain’s best loved dishes.
For a chicken tikka masala or for any curry with a bit of a kick, make sure to choose an IPA. Most people, including some Indian restaurants, would choose a lager, but the crisp and refreshing taste of an IPA will cool down your tongue without distracting from the abundance of herbs and spices in your dish. Brewhouse & Kitchen pair their Sri Lankan vegetable curry with an IPA to enhance the flavours.
Fish and chips
Fish and chips, a classically British dish that helps to define what we call comfort food, is best paired with a lager or, if you want to play on the taste of lemon and salt, go with a session IPA or one that has a little fruit twist.
The burger, a staple feature of restaurants across the nation. While the world is definitely not short of burger variations, the classic beef burger is best paired with an American style ale in all circumstances. The ale maintains the freshness of beers like lager and IPA while swimming with deep flavours that complement that of the burger.
Seafood dishes, such as calamari or crab cakes are often tipped to pair with a Rioja, whether red, white or rosé, but shellfish and seafood in general goes great with a Belgian beer, known for its low bitterness and an emphasis on the use of malts.
For a chocolate dessert make sure to grab yourself a stout or porter. The deep and rich flavours will match that of the chocolate and enhance the dessert. Some stouts and porters can be fairly strong, so make sure to check the strength and, if necessary, go with a half pint.