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Old 10-09-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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Hi all,

A friend is an avid hunter, and every year has a big "Wild Game" dinner to share his hobby with friends. It's always a great time.

This year, I'm going to make a beer worthy of the feast, but then I started thinking, what kind of beer would I pair with it?

So I need your help. What kind/style of beer would go with: venison, duck, goose, and maybe rabbit? And possibly other wild game as well.

I'm thinking maybe a light-ish amber or red ale...?

Any ideas would be appreciated!

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Old 10-09-2009, 08:38 PM   #2
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I think a porter would go well with some wild game.

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Old 10-09-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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Something with some balls is needed to stand up to the stronger flavors of game. Nothing too hoppy though. Instead, I would focus on rich malt and roasty characters. Porter is a good suggestion. The red ale could be good if you use enough roasted barley that it comes through in the flavor. An english brown or nut brown would also be a good pairing.

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I think the spiciness off a triple would be pretty good with wild game.

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Old 10-09-2009, 10:23 PM   #5
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An english brown or nut brown would also be a good pairing.
I agree with this. My brown goes great with elk!
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Just going a bit out on a limb here but what about this:

Gruit Ale, with a grist of something like 70% british pale, 10% british amber, 10% british brown and 10% oats.

Bittered and flavored with gruit including some juniper berries late in the boil. The earthy woody herbal gruit herbs and the pungent spicy juniper berries combined with the rich smooth roasty malts should pair wonderfully with wild game. Mmm, pan-seared venison drizzled with a wild berry and brandy pan sauce, with a herbed potatos roasted in duck fat. Maybe a few wild mushrooms sauted in butter and herbs on top. And a pint of gruit ale to wash it down.

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i'm a hunter and eat everything i shoot/catch.

venison- this can be the toughest call since the flavor of the meat can vary so much from mild to really gamy. as such i like pale ales with does and early season bucks and a roastier amber to stout for late season bucks since theses are the ones that are generally the gamiest. also use the same beer in the marinade as your serving with the deer.

ducks- are great paired with a porter for roast duck or an ipa for fried duck tits

goose- pretty much the same guidelines.

bunnies- are a lighter fare and as such go well with milds and brown ales

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Great marinade for Venny.

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup olive. oil

1 small can unsweetened pine-apple juice 6 oz

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 tablespoon brown sugar

all in a Ziploc bag with venison in fridge overnight

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Great marinade for Venny.

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup olive. oil

1 small can unsweetened pine-apple juice 6 oz

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 tablespoon brown sugar

all in a Ziploc bag with venison in fridge overnight
i'd swap out the pineapple juice for a nice pale ale
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i'd swap out the pineapple juice for a nice pale ale
That would work. IPA might be nice!

I've also used orange juice. Either way, the venny tastes awesome.
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