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Old 05-03-2007, 04:17 PM   #11
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I find that wine is just something I don't care for, and having it with food just ruins the taste of my food

Typically I'd rather have a beer or fruit juice with food. Any kind of medium to low gravity ale is fine, I'd rather have higher gravity stuff by itself.

ESB is interestingly well paired with pot stickers and a vinegary sauce.

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Old 05-03-2007, 04:45 PM   #12
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Steak + bleu cheese + Russian Imperial Stout = very happy me

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Old 05-03-2007, 04:49 PM   #13
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ESB is interestingly well paired with pot stickers and a vinegary sauce.
That's a good point, anything vinegar based is going to make wine taste vinegary. And that's huge, since vinaigrettes are killer with just about anything, especially this time of year.

On another note, has anyone seen Sam Adam's new TV ads? Really emphasizing the fact that beers pair with food just as well as wine. And sometimes you'd rather have a beer. I thought it was genius, especially because it didn't come from BMC.
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Old 05-03-2007, 04:52 PM   #14
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On another note, has anyone seen Sam Adam's new TV ads? Really emphasizing the fact that beers pair with food just as well as wine. And sometimes you'd rather have a beer. I thought it was genius, especially because it didn't come from BMC.
Yeah, I think the full phrase was something like "And when you're really being honest with yourself, sometimes you'd just rather have a beer."

Excellent marketing concept, IMHO. I love wine, too, but I hate the pretense that tends to get wrapped around it, and the conceit that beer is something only frat boys and mouthbreathers drink.
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:44 PM   #15
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I drink wine with dinner, and beer the rest of the time. I never drink wine unless I'm eating, but beer is good with snacks or by itself. I love beer for the richness and the taste and I don't need food with it. Oh, maybe a pretzel or two if I'm at a bar, but to me, the enjoyment of the beer is great the way it is.

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Old 05-03-2007, 06:30 PM   #16
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A really good IPA and a bowl of fresh made Vanilla ice cream....yum yum

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Old 05-03-2007, 06:44 PM   #17
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I love it all man.

Sometimes, I just want to drink a nice Belgian at dusk or something.

Other times, A chilled APA is great when I come in from working in the garden out in the sun all day long.

Still on other occassions stuff goes so nice. I made Pork with Sauerkraut (homemade, added some nice dried wild mushrooms...trying to use them up before this next season), Kasespaetzle (topped with Chive from the garden), pan seared Dandelion greens and my DunkelWeizen. Man that was an incredibly perfect and simple combination.

Some times though, I'll be munching on something and notice it has a negative effect when mixed with beer. You can get really wierd flavors if you aren't particularly trying to be careful. Some foods really make excellent pairing with beer, but others are just simply do not work imo.

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Old 05-03-2007, 07:27 PM   #18
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I've found that beer with sweet food (say teriyaki) makes the beer taste overly bitter and usually not as good.

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There are many that argue that beer is more flexible when pairing. It has the ability toi cut through fats via carbonation. Hops pair well with spice and beer has a universal mate with tomato whereas wine is sometimes problematic with it (think whites and tomato).

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Without beer, a porterhouse steak would just be a house steak.
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