Using classic and craft beers, hosting an at-home beer tasting with friends is a fun way to enjoy pairing beer with appetizers and snacks. “Beer’s bubbles and culinary flavours lift food to new heights,” says Crystal Luxmore, an award-winning beer writer and Advanced Cicerone®. “Invite friends over for a mini-flight of craft beers. Serve them in small wine or tasting-size glasses, with three to four ounces of beer in each. Start with lighter beers and progress to fuller flavours so you don't overwhelm your palate.”
With the incredible selection available at the LCBO, chances are good that there’s a beer style to please everyone in the crowd. Here are four to try:
“With their low to moderate alcohol levels, session beers are perfect to sip at a day-long party or barbecue. Pair these light-bodied, effervescent brews with equally delicate dishes, like veggies and dip, nachos with guacamole or salads.”
Indian Pale Ales
“Brewed with boatloads of citrusy, tropical fruit-like American hops, IPAs are the best-selling craft beer style, so keep some on hand for guests. Bold with lingering bitterness, they can hold their own with juicy beef burgers and are also brilliant with herbaceous and citrusy Thai or Mexican fare.”
“Stock up on a few six-packs of golden lager. This crowd favourite is known for its crisp bite and light bready notes, with just a whisper of floral hops. These versatile lagers are great alongside poke bowls, dumplings or hummus with pita bread.”
“Smooth and creamy, malty Irish ales pour a copper hue and feature notes of caramel and toffee with an off-dry finish. Their rich malt backbone will sync with the caramelized notes of grilled pork, stews and spicy lentil dishes.”
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