Romancing the brew

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Chelsea Morgan

Sharing a delicious beer makes for a romantic evening with your significant other, especially with a chill in the air. From the chocolate aromas found in stouts and porters to the sweet finishes in a glass of fruit fermented beer, a well-crafted brew is the perfect beverage for courtship.

But with a large variety of brews available and so many cold nights calling for a romantic touch, how do you choose? With a bit of planning and flavor pairing know-how, you’re certain to find the perfect combination every time.

Spice up an average night with an ethnic-inspired meal – whether you cook or call for takeout. We suggest pairing Blue Moon’s Tongue Thai-ed Belgian ale with spicy Mexican, Thai and Italian dishes. This bold high gravity brew is the perfect complement for spicy, flavorful foods. And, the unique tastes of Indian and Mediterranean cuisine are best combined with the creamy, malty flavors of a brown ale, like Boddingtons Pub Ale.

If traditional American cuisine is more your style, we’ve got you covered there, too. Even classic everyday fare can be transformed into a special meal by knowing what beer will best complement the dish. For hamburgers or pepper-and-onion-topped brats, try Turbodog from Abita Brewing Company. Even better, Turbodog lingers into the evening, complementing the flavors of chocolate desserts that are a must-have to complete a night of romance.

To treat yourselves to a red-hot date night amid any winter blues, serve a couple of juicy steaks or a rich roast. Make the evening extra special by pairing the meal with the smoky, malt taste of Depot Street Brewing’s Southbound Scottish Ale. Having this unique brew on hand will showcase your beer-and-food pairing skills.

A meal paired with the perfect beverage not only guarantees a night of great food and beer, but also a romantic affair tailored precisely for two. With this special touch, you’ll make any chilling evening feel like a warm, cozy date night.

Soak up the romance, and drink responsibly. Cheers!