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Old 03-24-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Beer pairing for a Crawfish Boil

I am still waiting to bottle my first batch of homebrew, and (like so many) already thinking about what to make next. A friend of mine is throwing his annual crawfish boil in early May and I would like to brew up something special just for the occasion.

So, any suggestions for what beer goes best with gumbo, crawfish, spicy boiled, potatoes, corn and the like? I was originally thinking of a blood orange hefeweizen (recipe from Extreme Beers) but a quick google search suggested a best bitter or maybe an american brown ale. Any other suggestions?

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Old 03-24-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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According to Garrett Oliver, Brew Masters Table;

No Crawfish listed...

Crab; Witbier, weissbier, helles, pilsner, Irish Stout, Saison

Shrimp; Witbier, weissbier, helles, pilsner, Irish Stout, Saison, Belgian Strong Ale, APA

Gumbo; APA, brown ale, IPA, Amber Ale, Dortmunder, Weissbock


I 'd go with a session beer like a APA or an American Wheat.

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i would think a good lager with mild bitterness.. in my experience with crawfish and beer, brown ales just didn't seem that refreshing when your lips are numb. something very cold and mabye a lil on the light side. you will be drinking a lot of it to stop the burning and u don't want a headache during cleanup time

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I would say a good hoppy American Pale Ale, or IPA. If you're trying to please the crowd so to speak I'd go with a hefe/witbier. However, for me spicy + hops = awesome! Something about the bitterness, hoppiness, and spicy just works together. Where is all this taking place again? I may need some directions .

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I would say a good hoppy American Pale Ale, or IPA. If you're trying to please the crowd so to speak I'd go with a hefe/witbier. However, for me spicy + hops = awesome! Something about the bitterness, hoppiness, and spicy just works together. Where is all this taking place again? I may need some directions .
Exactly what I was thinking. A nice hoppy pale ale would really hit the spot. One with a bunch of Centennial hops.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:45 AM   #6
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Here's something off topic but this thread has me thinking about it... A buddy of mine and I dragged our wives out one night about eleven years ago to catch crayfish and cook them on the shore. As we were cooking them, my buddy grabs a freshly cooked crayfish and bites the head off. Juice and steam squirt all over the place and his eight month pregnant wife starts hurling! Priceless...

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I'd say something along the lines of a brown ale, maybe a porter. I may be in the minority on this, but I usually go for scotch ales, doppel bocks & cream stouts; any of which (IMHO) would go well with your crawfish. Sorry, but I just can't bring myself to recommend a pale ale or pale lager. I'm sure most would go for something pale & hoppy. Regards, GF.

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I would say a good hoppy American Pale Ale, or IPA. If you're trying to please the crowd so to speak I'd go with a hefe/witbier. However, for me spicy + hops = awesome! Something about the bitterness, hoppiness, and spicy just works together. Where is all this taking place again? I may need some directions .
+1 here. Hoppy beers go great with spicy foods. I had a pretty hoppy APA with some really spicy jambalaya last week and it was awesome.
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Cool, thanks for all the responses. I had originally thought of a best bitter, but I have a light ale in the secondary right now so i didn't really want to brew another light-type ale. I think I am gonna go ahead with the IPA. In fact I am gonna take a stab at the continual hopping to try and make a 60 minute IPA in the spirit of Dogfish Head's (although to prevent copyright infringement issues I will call it a 59 minute IPA). I may even try an English IPA kit that uses some wood in the fermenter.

Now.... what to brew after that?

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We are doing our 4th Annual Crawfish Boil here in Austin this week-end.

I have a friend that lets me use his Jockey box and we are able to run 2 taps.

I have in my Kezzer
20 gallons of Hefe
20 gallons of my Grier Pale Ale (beechnut brew house)

The hefe is by far the fav of the BMCer's . I serve NO BMC and the taps flow all day.
Good times.

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