One of the greatest joys that Life provides is the pleasure of having a good meal with friends or family. People are talking and laughing with the sound of forks hitting plates creating a light percussion in the air. Or maybe the good meal is at a bar with friends, with loud music and high excitement. Or maybe the good meal is at a campfire in the woods after a long hike. Chances are, in any of these locations, people are going to want a drink.
The beverage flowing more and more around the tables of the world is beer. Just like wine, beer craves to be paired with the perfect plate to enhance the meal and make it memorable. However, the idea of pairing beers with food is intimidating. Think about it; wine, while complex, falls into two basic categories, red or white, and is made from one basic ingredient. While this is a massive oversimplification, it does make the job of pairing food with wine much easier.
But what is a curious drinker to do about beer? Multiple colors, multiple varieties, multiple grains, multiple tastes and textures and profiles and bubbles…so intimidating, I think you need a drink.
Don’t be intimidated. Just step into the party. Yes, there a multitude of beer varieties, but there are also countless food varieties, and chances are, if you pick a good beer and drink it with a delicious meal, you’re going to enjoy it. There’s much to discover, and many beers to try.