Summer Ales and Food Pairing

Much as with pairing wine and food, there are no hard and fast rules, and no right or wrong combinations. What constitutes the perfect match will ultimately come down to your personal taste, but the following suggestions may help to point you in the right direction if you want to get the best from your food and ale.

A good rule of thumb is to consider the intensity of both the ale and the food. Light, pale ales generally go well with lighter foods, such as salads and seafood dishes, while heavy stouts can more than hold their own against traditional hearty pub fare, such as pies and roasts. The Five Lamps offers a wide selection of regular and guest real ales in Derby, together with an equally broad choice of delicious food so there is plenty of opportunity to try different combinations.

Pale Ales: Pale ales are a great match for lighter dishes. The relatively delicate flavours of both ale and food won't clash, and you'll be able to appreciate the subtler points of each. Try our Harvest Pale with one of our salads for a light yet satisfying combination.

IPAs: Although IPAs go well with salads and fish, they are able to withstand a little more flavour than pale ales. Try pairing Hartington IPA with our delicious Hunters Chicken dish for a winning combination. This IPA is smooth on the palate, and dominated by a delicate hop aroma.

Amber Ales: Amber ales are easily paired with many foods, making them an excellent all-rounder. Although ambers can range from lighter to heavier beers, they're among the most versatile when it comes to pairing. Give our Directors from the Courage Brewery a go with one of our tempting burgers for a hearty meal. This full-bodied, clean tasting ale with its distinctive hop aroma will provide an excellent match for flavoursome meat dishes.

Stouts: A robust stout and a hearty stew, pie or roast is a classic combination. The heartiness of the strong, malty stout ensures that it won't be lost when it comes up against rich, tasty meat dishes. Check out our ever-changing list of guest ales for our latest stouts. Our Homemade Beef Stew is the perfect pairing for a dark, rich stout.


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This entry was posted on August 1, 2015