There are many different
styles of Beer and there will always be one that will go best with your food to
create the perfect sensation. When we pair up food with beer, remember the three
Cs – Complement, Contrast and Cleanse.
We match a beer that is similar in profile to the dish. A beer with subtle
flavors will complement a lighter dish, while a beer with robust flavors will go
well with a stronger and heavier dish. The intensity of dishes is characterized
by how they are prepared and the flavors they possess. For example, a sparkling
pilsener goes well with steamed chicken, while a pale ale goes well with curried
We match a beer that is in contrast to the flavor of the dish. The juxtaposition
of different sensations on the palate can be quite intriguing but definitely
equally satisfying. For example, serving a sweet wheat beer with a spicy dish
can work to balance some of the hotter flavors of the meal.
Most beers work well at cleansing the palate for they are carbonated. It is
of no surprise to find pale lager or pilsener the most popular in Asia because
most Asian cuisines serve many and varying dishes all at the same time or
consecutively. Asian’s choice of a sparkling unobtrusive lager positively
maximizes the enjoyment of the diverse flavors found in their cuisines.