Behold the beautiful and delicious oyster in its glory, the cool months of the year. This week I’m featuring some lovely locally harvested oysters from the Hama Hama Company from Lilliwaup, Wash. Undeniably, oysters pair well with a lot of fermented beverages: there are arguments for stouts, dry ciders, sparkling wine, dry white wines and vodka. I’ve tried all these things, and all these things are all fantastic–perhaps, a testament to the rockstar flavors of oysters. A few months ago I happened into pairing oysters with a Brett Pale–a Belgian styled, yeast-focused beer with a light level of sourness and a light funkiness. The aroma of the beer alone pairs amazingly well with oysters. I highly suggest giving this one a try.
Three Reasons Why This Pairing Works
I love The Commons Brewery’s Flemish Kiss for this pairing, but other Belgian or Belgian-inspired ales would be great. Orval would also be a lovely choice, as would a range of beers from Seattle’s Holy Mountain Brewing and Portland’s Upright Brewing.
Hama Hama’s oysters are highly recommended and available around the Seattle region, but please seek out oysters local to you, wherever you are, if possible. Raw oysters are fantastic for delicate flavor and ultimate freshness but if you prefer cooked oysters (or only have those recommended for cooking available), the pairing will still work. Savor away!