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Mastering the art of pairing foods with craft beers

Food, Lifestyle - glory - Jun 15, 2017

The art of pairing foods and craft beers

Serve dad a dinner fit for a king this Father’s Day. In Texas, at the top of the list are both barbecue and chicken fried steak. And, naturally, these two Southern downhome comfort food classic also go hand-in-hand with a beer. However, selecting a craft beer to complement recipes and foods may not be so easy for everyone. Pairing foods with craft beers doesn’t have to be difficult.

The next step is to learn what types of foods to pair with your favorite new craft beers. Attending a craft beer festival is a great way to try a variety of craft beers with different foods. Or, you can learn how to marry the flavors in beers with a variety of food pairings by following a few simple steps. The Brewers Association has a three-step foolproof method to pairing foods with the right craft beer.

In Texas there seems to be three major food group categories: Barbecue, Mexican and Tex-Mex, and everything else that is not barbecue or Mexican. Gourmet guru Epicurious lists the major beer varieties as ales, bocks, fruit beers, lagers, pilsners, porters, stouts, and wheat. Below is a quick guide on the types of food to eat and serve with a variety of different beer styles.

A quick guide to pairing foods and craft beers

  • Ales:  A warm fermentation process with hops produces ales that are sweet in flavor and dark in color. The result is a full-bodied, fruity taste. Ales pair well with burgers, Buffalo wings, Asian foods, fried foods, pizza, steaks, and Italian cheeses such as parmesan and Romano.
  • Bocks: Here, in Texas, Shiner Bock is well-known for its clean flavor and slightly sweet finish. The Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, is the oldest independent brewery in the state. In general, bock beers are stronger in flavor with a hearty malt character. They are dark amber to brown in appearance. Bocks pair well with Gruyère, Emmental, and Swiss cheeses; Cajun foods such as jerk chicken, beef, and sausage, and seared foods.
  • Fruit beers: Pair fruit beers with Mascarpone cheese, light white meats such as turkey and chicken, duck and pork dishes with sweet components, salads with fruity dressings, as well as desserts with fruits.
  • Lagers: Lagers are light in both body and color. Consequently, think lite when pairing food with lagers. For the best results pair with shellfish, grilled pork and chicken, pastas without cream sauces, and Southeast Asian, Latin and Mexican foods.
  • Pilsners: This pale strong hop flavored beer pairs well with salads and a variety of cheeses such as American, Muenster, Havarti, and Monterey Jack. Additionally, pair with salmon, tuna, and trout; as well as Asian and Mexican foods.
  • Porters: This dark style beer is made with hops and brown malt. Pair porters with smoked foods, barbecue, sausages, rich stews, bacon, chili, and braised dishes.
  • Stouts: Also dark in color dark in color, stouts are made by roasting malt or barley, hops, water and yeast. Stouts pair well with roasted, smoked, barbecue and grilled foods; oysters, rich stews, braised dishes, chocolate, and desserts.
  • Wheat Beers: These beers are typically top-fermented and brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley. Combine wheat beers with light soups and salads, vegetarian dishes, sushi; Gruyère and Feta cheeses, sweet and fruity Asian dishes, and citrus dishes including desserts and salad dressings.

The best beer complement for brisket or chicken fried steak

However, for a true Texas treat pair Double Imperial IPA with your dad’s beef brisket or chicken fried steak this Father’s Day. Check out a list of favorite varieties here. Or, make dad’s day by serving his favorite brew. Austin’s craft beer scene is sure to have one, two, or three, perfect beers to hoist in dad’s honor this Father’s Day.

Cheers and Joy!

 

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Tapping into Austin’s Craft Beer Scene

Food, Lifestyle - glory - Jun 14, 2017

The Explosive Popularity of Craft Beer

The craft beer industry is on fire. Its explosive popularity has been brewing over the last few years. And, it doesn’t look like it will cool down anytime soon. Over 5,300 craft breweries and brew pubs were in operation in the U.S. at the end of 2016. From Denver to Asheville to Grand Rapids home brewers are perfecting their craft, opening breweries and brew pubs, and making a mark in the industry.

And, the city of Austin and surrounding areas are no exception. Local craft breweries and brew pubs in Austin and beyond are surviving, thriving, and growing. According to the Austin Craft Beer website, at the beginning of this year 63 breweries and brew pubs were operating in the Austin area. However, that does not include those establishments that are waiting for their licenses. At the time of this writing, the number could be slightly larger. Overall, over 250 craft breweries and brew pubs operate in the state of Texas.

The Brewers Association defines a craft brewer as someone that sell less than six million barrels of beer or less a year and is independent.  In addition, their products have traditional or innovative flavorings and fermentation methods.

A brief history of the craft beer industry

Historically, the craft beer industry started to take shape in the 70s. Popular imports brought to the U.S. from immigrants around the world were disappearing. Varieties on shelves in the states at the time primarily consisted of light lagers. The shift came in 1976 when a homebrewing enthusiast founded The New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, Calif. kicking off what some say is the true renaissance of the craft beer industry. The brewery folded after six years. But, its existence during those years was an inspiration to home brewers.

True beer connoisseurs started brewing their own. Eventually, those brewers began to open brew pubs and microbreweries in the 80s. However, they struggled to establish a true presence in the marketplace. The industry has seen both ups and downs. In the mid-90s the industry saw an unexpected growth spur. However, it was followed by a lull in sales in the late 90s to the early 2000s. Craft beer sales since 2004 have been on the rise.

Enjoy a local craft beer with dad on Father’s Day

On Father’s Day grab dad and savor a cold one. Ales, lagers, pilsners, porters and much more fill the taps of Austin’s craft breweries. While there, take a beer tour, participate in a taproom tasting, or fill your growler.

You can also spend the day with dad on one of Austin’s Brewery tours or take a trek on the Texas Hill Country Craft Beer Trail. The trail highlights 17 craft breweries and brew pubs stretching from New Braunfels to Fredericksburg to Blanco to Dripping Springs. A few of those breweries include Adelbert’s Brewery, Jester King Brewery, Real Ale Brewing Company and Twisted X Brewing Company. You can take your car and explore on your own, or leave the driving to someone else. A variety of shuttle tours lets you choose from a full-cruise, three-brew cruise, or four-brew cruise and more.

Or, stay close to your Travisso home. There’s no better place to grab a beer than Whitestone Brewery in Cedar Park. Conveniently located on RM 1431 at the Railyard, Whitestone’s taproom is open seven days a week. They also offer growlers and crawlers to go, gift certificates, and Pub Club memberships. Check out their website for their hours of operation.

Travisso wish all dads a very Happy Father’s Day. Cheers!

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