Hitting the town on Friday night for a nice meal at your favorite restaurant? Here’s a quick tip (or two) to make sure you get the most of the restaurant’s beer list.
The LA Weekly’s Squid Ink food blog posted about basic food and beer pairing yesterday, and they bring up an excellent point about a dining-out pitfall that is easy to fall in to:
The habit of ordering a drink before you’ve looked at a dinner menu can undermine your pairing possibilities. (Unless you’re settling in for multiple rounds.) Anticipate your food cravings and order a beer for pairing to upgrade your dining experience…
You don’t have to be an experienced beer connoisseur to enjoy the magic of a beer-and-food pairing. All it takes is a basic understanding of the concepts (or a handy cheat-sheet) and some forethought.
If we’re visiting one of our usual haunts chances are good that we’ll have an idea of what we want to eat before walking through the doors, and in this case we order the first beer to match the entrée or appetizer. If it’s a menu we are not as familiar with or we’re not sure what’s for dinner the first round is generally something light, refreshing (especially if we walked to dinner) and palate-awakening. A pilsner, wit, or even a cider fit the bill nicely in this case.
Round two can then be ordered once you’ve had a chance to review both the menu and the beer-list more closely for the best possible match!
Check out the LA Weekly post for some more basic food-pairing ideas, including a pairing suggestion from Downtown’s excellent Belgian beer bar Little Bear.
What’s your favorite beer + food pairing tip?
Source: LA Weekly – Beer Pairing: Little Bear Grilled Cheese + Taps Biere de Garde