Day 2 - On Beer Pairing

 

I’ll admit it. It was dinner time when I sat down to write this post so all I could think about is food. Today’s topic for World Cup with Beer Instead (“WCWBI”) is going to be all about beer pairings for signature Spanish and Portuguese dishes. But first, a quick reflection on this afternoon’s game. It was exciting wasn’t it? I bet many couldn’t get any work done because of it. Portugal’s Ronaldo scored a hat trick and kudos to Spain’s Diego Costa for helping tie the game – twice when Spain was behind.

So, onto the WSWBI. First, Spain.

Spanish Paella
Beer pairing: German Hefeweizen

 Picture credit: BBC Good Food

Picture credit: BBC Good Food

Why: Spanish Paella is a rich and flavourful dish full of textures and aroma from its various ingredients. Hefeweizen is a south German style of wheat beer. “Hefe” in German means yeast, whereas “Weizen” means wheat. The yeast used in making Hefeweizen produces a unique flavour of banana and cloves, and for those with a really sensitive nose, even vanilla, bubble gum and spicy notes. Together with the heavy wheat profile and high carbonation, Hefeweizen has a refreshing and fruity taste that makes it a great complement to the paella.

Portuguese Sausages
Beer pairing: Bock-style beers

  Picture credit: craftbeer.com

Picture credit: craftbeer.com

Why: Portuguese sausages have a robust flavour which is best complemented by a full-flavoured beer. A Bock is a strong lager of German origin and is usually dark, malty and sweet, with light hoppiness. They are high in alcohol content that is at least 6% or higher. Several sub-styles of Bock exist, including: Weizenbock, meaning “strong wheat”; Dopplebocks, or “Double” bocks; Mailbock, meaning bock for the month of May, and lastly Eisbock, literally meaning “Ice” bock.

So that’s all for today’s WCWBI. Bon Appetit!  

 
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