Craft beer and steak go together much like steak and potatoes. They are two staples that seem to go back centuries and have been tied together since their inception. With steak being such a varied food (after all, we have beef steak, pork steak, shark steaks, salmon steaks, and more) you have plenty of options for pairing food with your craft brew! I bet you thought we just meant beef. That’s ok, because it’s natural for most people to think of classics like Ribeye, New York Strip, and Porterhouse when we mention steak. We’ll get to those too!
We’ll get to the classic steaks right away, as we know you’re mouth is already watering (for those who like beef anyway). There are a variety of rich beef steaks that you can pair with craft beer, including Ribeye, which many people choose as the go-to for their meals. Several hearty dishes can be made to fill your stomach and tempt your palate. There are also a variety of great brews to pair with these meals. For example, try pairing a hearty chocolate stout with a meal of Ribeye, roasted garlic and asparagus, and a reasonable serving of Spanish rice. The brew will help to draw out the flavors in your meal while being smooth and rich enough to complement the textures as well.
If you think that steak is just steak, you really need to go take a look over on Delish where you can easily find hundreds of steak recipes to pair with your craft brew. These folks are a huge resource and the options they provide will certainly expand your pairing horizons. Just take their Balsamic Steak and Potatoes as an example. What a great way to put a twist on the classic S&P right? Or their Ribeye Steak with Grilled Corn Salad is another great dish to try. We’d suggest a crisp ale with that one. Something like Founders Brewing Company’s Rubaeus would work great!
Enough of the beef, let’s go fishing. After all, fish is a staple that has been used in a huge variety of dishes over the centuries. Settlers in the Homesteading era often cured their fish catches with salt to use as fish jerky, which was great and held up really well. In fact, it held up better than beef jerky, which is pretty awesome too!
Pairing craft beer with fish can be a bit trickier, but it is by no means impossible. After all, everyone has different tastes. Just remember to offer some options to your guests and they can see which suits their own tastes. However, we want to give you a few meal ideas too. Again, Delish offers a huge array of recipes for dinners that you’ll likely want to try. Here are some of the ones we really loved.
We paired up Spicy Coconut Salmon with Founders Porter and the result was outstanding. There was just enough contrast between the two to really make the meal great and they each drew unexpected flavors from each other. We weren’t really sure how it would go at first, but we’re really glad we chose to be adventurous with this pairing.
Another great dish we decided to try was the Garlic Parmesan Salmon which, by the way, is amazing. This was paired with 21st Amendment’s Monk’s Blood and the results were great. We like portesque brews and this one matched the richness of the salmon perfectly. The slight tartness of the brew mellows out the overly rich salmon and cuts the garlic just the slightest bit. It turned out to be a really great contrast pairing that we just had to share.
We love to add to our ever-growing list of recipes and pairings, so if you have any great pairings you’ve tried, feel free to leave a comment. We will be sure to add it to our collection and we might even feature it with a list of craft beers that would complement and contrast the dish well. For now, we’re off to working on the brewery. These next weeks are going to be really busy as we fight towards our opening in April in West Palm Beach, Florida, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone once we open our doors!