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Sep
12
2018

Tantalising combos: food & beer pairings

Why do food and beer play such an important role in our country’s heritage? Have you ever hosted your own food and beer pairing? Not ready yet? World of Beer can help you out.

Food, family and world flavours

Harriet Deacon states it perfectly in is column about Identity, heritage and food: "Our family histories could be told through the recipes or favourite meals [and drinks] of different generations, whether bokkoms, samoosas and sosaties, morogo and pap, or avocado mousse and coronation chicken. Our own autobiographies can be told through a succession of food events or recipes."

As we celebrate heritage month, we take a moment to appreciate the meals our grandparents passed down to our parents. How the world’s flavours have melted our cultures and tastes together, and what you would like to pass down to the next generation to continue the rich story behind our unique evolution of different cultures, food and drinks. Furthermore, we want to celebrate a South African and global favourite – beer.

As a grain-based beverage, beer lends itself naturally to being paired with food. Even seasoned beer drinkers are delighted by the artistic fusion of a well-planned course

Our favourites so far…

These are our top picks of food and beer pairings for you to try at home:

Lightly Curried Butternut soup topped with a Coriander cream and served with a Cheese straw. Paired with Stella Artois.

Lightly Curried Butternut soup topped with a Coriander cream and served with a Cheese straw. Paired with Stella Artois.

Fillet of Hake poached in milk and scented with Cumin, naped with a Dill Yoghurt and Micro Herbs. Paired with Hansa.

Fillet of Hake poached in milk and scented with Cumin, naped with a Dill Yoghurt and Micro Herbs. Paired with Hansa.

Peppered Fillet of Springbok carved on to a creamy mash Potato, with Cumberland Sauce, Pearl vegetables and a Pancetta Crisp. Paired with Carling Black Label.

Peppered Fillet of Springbok carved on to a creamy mash Potato, with Cumberland Sauce, Pearl vegetables and a Pancetta Crisp. Paired with Carling Black Label.

A rich Chocolate Brownie with an Expresso Anglaise and a Vanilla Ice cream. Paired with Castle Milk Stout.

A rich Chocolate Brownie with an Expresso Anglaise and a Vanilla Ice cream. Paired with Castle Milk Stout.

Bring it home

Love to host the occasional themed dinner party? Step it up a notch and create two or three small portions of the above food recommendations and pair it with the beer suggestions.

To make sure you hit it home and become a regular at this with your own takes on food and beer pairings, here are some useful tips, courtesy of Serious Eats:

  • Your food can either contrast or mirror the flavours in your beer
  • Match the intensity of your dish with the impact of your beverage.
  • Brightness is a useful tool and acidity and carbonation can cut through richness in food.
  • Tannin and bitterness can balance heavy food and cut fattiness.
  • Sweetness in food should be paired with some sweetness in your beverage.
  • Umami in food can be matched with umami in beer from roasted malts.

Consider putting out at least two glasses. Small draught glasses or wine glasses are great to use.

Serve the beer along with the meal. Otherwise, you may risk your guests going through the beer before the dishes are on the table.

Experience and grow your skill

Curious to know more? There is no better way to learn than to experience it for yourself.

We host food and beer pairings each month, hosted by a master brewer or chef that talks you through the creation and exploration of flavours created for the evening.  It’s a definite box to check on your bucket list before the end of the year.

Upcoming Food and Beer Pairing events at the World of Beer. Click on the date to view the event and the menu:

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