Amber Ale vs. Lager Food Pairing

On an uncomfortably hot night here in NYC we decided to keep the stove off and have a dinner of Brie, crackers, strawberries and grapes to keep cool. When we looked in the fridge for some beers to pair we chose two amber beers that we had picked up the day before at Good Beer NYC in the East Village. We had the Avalanche Amber Ale from Breckenridge Brewery and the LTD Series Recipe 5 Amber Lager from Full Sail. Both were delicious beers and complimented the food nicely. The tartness from the berries and grapes were a nice contrast to the malty sweetness in both beers. The differences were most highlighted when we tried them with the Brie. The lager had a distinct advantage in its carbonation and crispness that was able to lift the creaminess of the Brie off the tongue.

Check out The Beer Wench’s recent post about why beers work well with fatty or creamy foods.

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