My “beer mood” is constantly changing, but one style that I can drink day in and day out is Berliner Weisse. It’s refreshing, tart but not sour, and light enough that you can have multiple multiple multiple pints.
When finding the right food to pair with a beer, one of the first things I consider is intensity. Berliners are light bodied and generally 3-5% abv, so the food cannot be too powerful. Ribs, rich dessert, or anything smoky will overpower the beer, so you can rule those out. If you think about a beer dinner with multiple courses, you would place the Berliner towards the front, with the appetizer not the entrée.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of pairing beer with food, and one of my favorite sites for inspiration is BeerChow.com. I asked Dave from BeerChow if he could put together a tasty beer and food pairing for BillyBrew readers and possibly also include beer in the cooking. He came through big time on both fronts. Thanks for the video, Dave!
Billy Broas is a craft beer lover and homebrewer living in Denver, Colorado. He is the founder of The Homebrew Academy, a BJCP beer judge, and the homebrewing expert on the Rocky Mountain PBS television show Colorado Brews.
Billy's beer philosophy is that we should be beer geeks but not beer snobs. You can follow him on Twitter right here.