Have you ever been to a beer dinner? If you haven't I suggest attending one b/c I've been to a few and always find it amazing how they pair the craft beers with food.
The last one I went to they made a salad dressing from the paired beer, it was an awesome combination. And at another they paired a chocolate covered dessert with some type of chocolate stout, I'll tell you that dinner was the one that sparked my interest in brewing. Yummo!