The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Facts and tips on beer and food

  • Print

Because of all the potential levels of flavour in beer, it is very versatile in terms of pairing with food.

Choose a beer that complements your food or one that contrasts with it. An English-style beer would complement the earthy, herbal notes of meat loaf while a contrasting beer with a citrus character "would be a little bit like using a kind of chutney," says cicerone Jordan St. John.

Dark meats and dark beer are natural pairings because they both have a degree of caramelization.

For fish or chicken, lighter coloured beer provides a better flavour balance.

With very fatty foods, a good pairing would be a medium-body beer with a slight amount of bitterness and enough carbonation to wipe the fat from the palate.

Hops are one of the main flavouring ingredients in beer and these can vary widely depending on the type, where they are grown, the soil and climate.

One popular current trend in home brewing is hops from New Zealand, which have the character of tropical fruit. One called Galaxy simulates the flavour of mango.

Source: Jordan St. John, co-author of "Ontario Beer: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay."

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Architect Antoine Predock speechless after CMHR opening

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Challenges of Life- Goose Goslings jump over railway tracks to catch up to their parents at the Canadian Pacific Railway terminalon Keewatin St in Winnipeg Thursday morning. The young goslings seem to normally hatch in the truck yard a few weeks before others in town- Standup photo- ( Day 4 of Bryksa’s 30 day goose project) - Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • MIKE APORIUS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS BUSINESS - cow on farm owned by cattle farmer Lloyd Buchanan near Argyle Wednesday afternoon -see Larry Kusch's story  January 04/2006

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think the Scottish independence referendum will have an effect in Canada?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google