Stage One: Pairings Happen
Am I alone in the realization that I’m pairing craft beers without even being aware of it? We drink beer and we eat food often at the same time thus, of course, creating a beer and food pairing. But the thought of intentionally pairing beer can feel overwhelming and complicated. There are so many beers, flavors, and foods, and it is hard to know how or where to begin. If you’re someone who is intimidated by the thought of beer and food pairings fear not, your palate won’t lead you astray.
Bartenders in tasting rooms and breweries are typically well versed in their beers and can point drinkers to appropriate pairings much like formally trained wine sommeliers do. Or have fun experimenting with a flight or two with some of your favorite foods and see what interesting flavor profiles and changes take shape from sip to sip. We each have our own taste preferences and part of the fun of the craft beer culture from a consumer perspective is the freedom to experiment without the stuffy expectations.