It’s no secret that craft breweries are hip and trendy and on the rise. There are over 3,000 microbreweries in the United States at the moment, and any beer lover has their favorites. Heading to a brewery for a tour and tasting is an easy and fun outing, and many people enjoy traveling to as many as possible around the country. But you can’t drink on an empty stomach! Just as it’s important to understand the difference between an IPA and a German bock, you also need to know what snack flavors best complement each beer. Here are some snack favorites and their best microbrew pairing.
This salty and slightly spicy mix pairs nicely with a pilsner, Oktoberfest, or a pale lager. Pilsners are pale gold or straw colored, with either a medium hop flavor or bitter hop flavor. The German strands have a hint of maltiness and the Czech and Bohemian ones sometimes have a bit of a floral aroma. They pair well with spicy food and spicy or sharp cheese. Oktoberfest beers are full-bodied, copper-colored beers with a rich, toasted flavor—pairs well with spicy cheese, among other things. Pepper and Cheese Pub Mix, which features cheese sesame sticks, cheddar corn nuggets, nacho cheese sticks, and chili lemon corn nuggets is the perfect complement to these beers.
This mix boasts honey mustard and onion pretzel pieces, honey roasted sesame chips, and honey mustard sesame sticks. The crunchy mix pairs well with a wheat beers, like American pale wheats and Belgian witbiers, or beers that are spicy and hoppy, like American black ales, maibocks, and IPAs.
This tangy and slightly sweet mix contains barbecue corn sticks, corn nuggets, barbecue pretzel pieces, roasted peanuts, and honey roasted peanuts. It pairs well with darker beers, like porters and Irish stouts. Porters have a flavor similar to chocolate, coffee, and caramel, so the sweetness of a barbecue mix is the perfect complement.
This is a spicy mix, with hot Cajun corn sticks, roasted peanuts, chili rice crackers, pretzel twists, and roasted soy nuts. It pairs well with Belgian saisons. Belgian beers are known for their spiced, sweet, and fruity flavors, with high alcohol content, but low bitterness. The Belgian Saison, also known as a farmhouse ale, has medium hop flavor and hints at earthiness.
Everything about this snack mix says spicy! Featuring hot Cajun sesame sticks, hot Cajun corn sticks, honey roasted sesame chips, roasted peanuts, Oriental chili crackers, and cheddar cheese sesame sticks, it’ll make you beg for a nice cold drink to wash it down. And IPAs are the perfect thing! Bitter and hoppy with high alcohol content, IPAs also have hints of pine and floral that are enhanced by spicy snacks.
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