Big Dan's Ramblings

Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

Mating Beer & BBQ

What goes better with BBQ than beer?  The folks over at The Kitchn have put together a nice article about pairing the two together.  While this article is directly related to smoking or grilling, it does speak to the one of the most important compliments to good food – and that is a good beverage.

Photo courtesy of Karl Gunnarsson

More info after the jump.

Take the time to read the full article at, but here’s a quick pocket reference for you:

Pale Ales – Salads, light appetizers, fish and seafood

India Pale Ales (IPAs) – IPAs can stand up to a little more richness and flavor. They can go well with things like pulled pork, pizza, and fried chicken, as well as lighter salads and seafood dishes. And if you like heat, try an IPA with spicy food – the hoppiness really pumps up the spice quotient!

Hefeweizens and Wheat Beers – Fruit dishes, dinner salads, grain salads, and desserts made with warm spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg).

Amber Ales – Ambers are a good middle-of-the-road beer and go well with just about anything: burgers, grilled cheese, roast chicken, soups and stews

Stouts and Porters – Barbecue, stews, braised dishes – any kind of meat dish, really. Also rich desserts with chocolate and espresso flavors.

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