Brilliant Beer Snack Pairings You Should Try

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Whether you’re kicking back with the boys to watch a much-anticipated football match, inviting friends round for a house warming party, or hosting the perfect Bank Holiday BBQ, beer is almost definitely going to be on the menu – and rightly so!

But with so many different types of varying flavours, snacks that pair well with one might be a disaster with another. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, don’t panic, we’ve done the research for you.

In this article, we share the top beer snack pairings that are sure to make your next gathering a roaring success.

Pale ale and spicy food

Pale ale is notorious for blending beautifully with different spices. Nothing quite gets your palette tingling like pale ale alongside spicy food! So if you’re planning a curry night with all the gang, this is the beer to wash it all down with. You could also pair pale ale with spicy chicken wings, cheesy nachos with jalapenos, wasabi-spiced peas, or just some good old Flamin’ Hot Doritos.

Dark ale and peanuts

Salted roasted peanuts are widely recognised as pairing perfectly with the delicate bitterness of dark ale. You can grab these at the majority of local supermarkets on the snack aisle, but the recipe for home-roasting them yourself is super quick and easy. Raw, dried peanuts work best. Shell or no shell – the choice is yours. Simply disperse evenly in a shallow baking tray, whack them in the oven and cook until crispy and golden. And voilà! The perfect toasty peanuts to accompany your beer.

Lager and crisps

It’s a match made in heaven that’s as old as time but there’s just no beating a cold pint of lager and a packet of crisps. Of course, we recommend making a little more effort than this if you have guests coming round – cue fancy snack bowls! Specifically, we’d suggest any kind of cheddar or cheese and onion crisps. You could even go basic with some salty tortilla chips. Either works wonderfully with a pint of lager. Simple, yet effective.

Pilsner and Mexican food

Grab your sombrero and shake your maracas – Pilsner and Mexican food are where the party’s at.  Pairing famously well with flavoursome cheeses and aromatic spices, there’s no better match for Pilsner than a Mexican feast. Think spicy chicken quesadillas, tasty tacos, or pulled-pork enchiladas loaded with chillies. Yum!

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