4 Fall Craft Beer and Food Pairings
In the weeks following Labor Day when the temperature starts to dip, there's nothing like the flavors of your favorite fall foods to keep you warm. It's also the perfect time of year to try the latest round of seasonal craft beers made with hints of classic fall spices. This year, try these delicious pairings of the best fall beers and food from the autumn harvest available at your local Food Lion.
1. Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest and Roast Pork
Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a brewery in Germany to produce its annual Oktoberfest beer. According to the company website, the 2018 version has a crisp, malty flavor that pairs well with roast pork. Season the pork with salt, pepper, and garlic and cook it in a sauce made from Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and unsweetened apple juice. Serve the pork with a selection of roasted vegetables such as butternut squash, fennel, and turnips.
2. Samuel Adams Octoberfest and Barbecue Ribs
With five pale and caramel malts, according to the brewer, Samuel Adams Octoberfest is one of the better known fall beers. Its slightly sweet flavor complements the smoky hints of your barbecue meat. Rub some ribs with a blend of sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper before cooking them over low heat on the grill. Brush them with a sweet and spicy glaze made from maple syrup, chipotle chili, ketchup, and vinegar. This beer and ribs combination is sure to be a hit at your next tailgate party.
3. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and Turkey With Stuffing
According to Dogfish Head Brewery, if you love fall's bounty you should try its Punkin Ale. This pumpkin beer features hints of cinnamon, clove, and allspice bundled together in an amber ale. The flavors are light enough to complement turkey and stuffing, so try it this year at your Thanksgiving dinner and discover another reason to be thankful.
4. Elysian Great Pumpkin Ale and Chili
According to Elysian Brewing Company, its Great Pumpkin Ale is packed with fall flavors including pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. The result is a heavier beer with a slight sweetness that contrasts well with spicier food. So grab a bottle and settle in with your favorite chili to get the full spectrum of flavors from this malty ale.