Over a few beers with Peter Neal at Neal Brothers Foods we were discussing one the most important things in life; paring beer with food. With so many styles and flavours of beer available, you can find a brew to pair with just about anything. We decided to reach out to some local brewers to see what they would pair with some of their favourite Neal Brothers products;
Blake from Amsterdam Brewery – Our 416 is a wheat beer. This pairs well with summer salads and dressings that have citrus notes. Neal Brothers Caesar dressing contains lemon juice and white vinegar that compliments the light citrus flavour of the beer.
Our Boneshaker is a strong IPA which always pairs well with spicy foods. The bitterness of the beer helps cut some of the spice making it an excellent pair with Neal Brothers Extremely Hot Habanero Salsa.
Our Big Wheel is an amber ale that has a sweet malt character. This beer pairs well with white meats like chicken and fish, especially when they are cooked and coated in Neal Brothers Smokey Bold BBQ Sauce. The hickory flavour of the sauce brings out sweetness in the beer.
Lindsay from Steam Whistle Brewing – Our pilsner has more bitterness than the average lager and therefore pairs well with rich flavours and spiciness. Neal Brothers Corn Salsa and Medium Organic Salsa has the perfect amount of heat to compliment the beer. The grainier, cereal-like flavours found in Steam Whistle work well with the similar flavours found in Neal Brothers Organic Blue Corn Tortillas with flax.
Rob from Great Lakes Brewery – Flavourful hoppy ales such as our Crazy Canuck Pale Ale pair well with Neal Brothers salsa. The hoppy bitterness matches up nicely with the full flavour and slightly spicy notes of the salsa. Anything with cilantro or lime flavour also pair well is IPAs and pale ales.
Light body and clean refreshing lagers like the Golden Horseshoe Premium Lager go nicely with Neal Brothers Pretzels. The salty notes of the pretzels contrast the clean finish of the beer. This is a really simple pairing but you will receive no complaints on this one since it really is a staple in the beer/food pairings.
Another staple pairing is beer and chips; after eating these salty delights, nothing quenches your thirst better than beer. Neal Brothers Foods will be launching their new line of chips at this year’s Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Get your hands on some at the General Store, and find some of the brews mentioned above to try them with!
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