Month: June 2017
Berry season is upon us here at last! This means: consistently warm weather is (hopefully) going to arrive soon, summer’s bounty is about to unfold, and the season for outdoor enjoyment of food and drink is here. I love so many summer fruits I can’t pick favorites, but some call to mind successful beer pairing options immediately, like strawberries, which I think go very well alongside an American-style wheat beer. That is to say, a wheat beer that doesn’t focus on a highly fruity, banana or bubblegum-like yeast note (like a Baviarian Hefeweizen might). Some breweries might call these American beers blondes to distinguish them from other maltier, less wheated pale ales.
Australia produces around 1% of the world’s hop supply. Not a significant number by itself, but what is significant is their focus on breeding, development and global marketing. Most of the hops currently grown down under are well regarded by American and other craft brewers for their unique flavors and aromas and high alpha acid content (re: IPA appropriate).
It’s asparagus season (and roses are in bloom). Rejoice! Asparagus is known to be a difficult food to pair with wine–notoriously difficult, even. Beer, however, is new territory. I chose a light-bodied, crisp lager that was well hopped with bright citrusy and piney hops to go with a simple blanched asparagus salad–a little lemon, nice salt and fresh pepper is really all you need, but a homemade mayo or aioli would be even more exciting.