It’s spring! And time for fresh, bright green things. As breweries ramp up to their spring and summer seasonals, I’m excited to showcase a few basic pairings that you can experiment with. Today we’ll start with my favorite perky salad green, arugula, alongside an American pale ale of light body and mildly citrusy hops. American pale ales come in a huge array of sizes, colors, flavors and packages, so I’m leaving this one intentionally open for your personalizing. What you will definitely want is a bright but not too dank hop profile, a light nuttiness in the malt, and a general “easy-to-drink” feeling. I chose a favorite pale, Fremont Brewing‘s Universale Pale, but a pale with more spicy notes or more grapefruit notes would also be amazing. A light dressing on the arugula completes the picture!
Three Reasons This Pairing Works