Chilly winter days with gusting winds, icy streets and snowstorms will soon be upon us here at the kitchens of The Food Channel. What better way to stay snug during these frigid months than with your favorite comfort food paired perfectly with a flavorful brew?
With expertise from the executive chef of Growler USA, a microbrew pub chain dedicated to supporting local and regional craft brewers, and our own recipes, we bring you some of our top suggestions for enjoying your favorite comfort foods and brews all winter long!
Some pairing ideas include:
- Bock: Try the complex, smooth flavors of New Glarus Brewing Company’s Uff-da or Samuel Adams Winter Lager with roasted chicken and hearty veggies. To pair, try this Rustic Herb Roasted Chicken recipe with Roasted Garden Vegetables.
- Brown Ales: Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar or Big Sky Brewing Company’s Moose Drool Brown Ale pair well with lamb or beef dishes – the malty compounds of a brown ale add flavor to beef and set off the sweet taste of the caramelized onions. To pair, try this Grilled Aussie Leg of Lamb!
- Porters: Pair your next porter, such as Deschutes Black Butte Porter or Founders Porter, with smoked pork – the slightly burnt profile of porters highlights the smoky flavor in any barbecue recipe. To pair, try this Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork.
- Stouts: Pair with roasted and barbecued dishes, as well as heavy stews. Dark, rich stouts like Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout or Great Lakes Blackout Stout pair like a dream with beef stew. To pair, try this Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with a Breadcrumb Crust!
- IPA’s: Brooklyn Brewery’s East India Pale Ale or Magic Hat’s Blind Faith are examples of bitter beers best served with dishes that pack a flavorful punch. While IPA isn’t a style exclusively associated with winter, we implore you to enjoy your next IPA with a masala dish like this Indian Bhel Puri on a snowy day.
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