3 perfect beer and meal pairings
Pair these beers with a complementary meal
Beer lovers realize satisfaction often can be found in pairing a cold beer with a tasty meal. Madisonians are lucky to be able to pull up a bar stool or purchase a six-pack of local craft beer to fill that need.
Fantasy Factory + Curry
Karben4’s Fantasy Factory, an India pale ale, tastes like a Dreamsicle, and brewmaster Ryan Koga says it reminds him of a big glass of juice in the morning. The malty, sweet body of Fantasy Factory goes well with different cuisines. “Beauty is always in the eye of the beer holder, so it can go with a lot of things,” Koga says. “With its citrus components, it goes really well with Thai food or Indian cuisine, like a curry. But you can also pair it with Mediterranean food. You can put it with a burger and be super happy, too.”
Tokyo Sauna + Burger
Karben4’s Tokyo Sauna is an American pale ale that has a lemon and lime zest character, with not as much of a bread profile. The crisp, bright and sweet characteristics are the perfect contrast alongside rich foods. “Mediterranean food would be great, and it does really well with a burger that has some goat cheese or blue cheese, a burger that is more rich and fatty,” Koga says of Toyko Sauna.
Hopalicious + Tacos
Ale Asylum brewmaster Dean Coffey describes Hopalicious as a juicy American pale ale made with aromatic hops that impart a bright flavor without a bitter aftertaste. “It lingers on the tongue” in the best way, he says. If spicy, aggressively spiced entrees are on the menu, grabbing a bottle of Hopalicious is a good idea. “All good beer pairs well with all good food, so it’s really a matter of taste,” Coffey says. “I think that bright, hoppy flavor stands up to spicy, flavorful foods like Mexican or southwestern cuisine.”
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