13 Extreme Craft Beer Pairings with Iconic Junk foods
In just a word it is blueberrylicious! This classic glazed donut paired with Funky Buddha’s Blueberry Cobbler Ale creates an experience of pure hedonism in your mouth. Your taste buds have no chance but to succumb to the sugary fried doughy blueberry scrumptiousness.
Oreos with Left Hand Milk Stout
Who doesn’t want to dunk their Oreos in a sweet and creamy glass of milk stout? The full body of Left Hand Milk Stout with its tickle of sweetness mixed with the chocolate and cream flavor of an Oreo brings business as usual deliciousness to the party. It’s time to get your milk stout mustache on!
The unique combination of strawberry and hops of Toaster Pastry India Style Red Ale from 21st Amendment is completely exciting by itself. When combined with the classic Twinkie, you are left with a flavorful strawberries-and-cream effect. The strawberry jam flavor of the beer sampled with a bite of the spongy pound cake and soft creamy inside of the Twinkie is pure deliciousness.
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA with Cheese Puffs
Cheese Puffs and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is a dream team pairing. The impeccably balanced Dogfish 90 Minute IPA actually makes the dusting of cheese powder taste like actual cheese. The 90 Minute IPA is the perfect palate cleanser to shovel away any residue the puffs leave behind. The citrusy hop flavors also bring out a tangy note from the cheese puffs. Grab a bag of Cheese Puffs and a 4-pack 90s to clean up the party.
Cool Ranch Doritos with Reef Donkey APA
Reef Donkey is the perfect pairing to drink alongside a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. The corn base and spices of the chip adds dimension when matched with this hoppy brew. If you are in the mood to tackle the bold taste of Reef Donkey and Doritos, this donkey punch will balance the bite and enhance the flavors for a one of a kind beer tasting experience.
Pepperoni Pizza and Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
The classic pepperoni pie and a Cigar City Jai Alai IPA go together like Romeo and Juliet. The bitterness of the IPA will give a great big hug to the saltiness of the meat. The 7.5% ABV coupled with a healthy slice of grease translates to a 10.0 on the beer pairing Richter scale.
Delirium with Pork Rinds
Who would have thought a greasy bag full of fried pork rinds and a premium bottle of Delirium Tremens could ignite the palate with a match of unparalleled flavor? The fatty, salty air-filled pork rind demands a beer of equal attitude. This Belgian Strong Ale delivers a counter punch that cuts through the fat of the crispy pork skins to forcibly put a smile on your taste buds.
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA with McDonald’s French Fries
IPAs are known for their bold hop flavor and high bitterness, making this brew style the perfect complement to salty foods. The citrus notes found in Ballast Point Sculpin IPA in particular pairs flawlessly with a large side of salty Mickey D’s French fries.
Shiner Oktoberfest and Fried Chicken
Pairing beer with fried chicken is all about finding balance. Despite its greasy reputation, well-prepared fried chicken offers a delicate interplay of juicy, flavorful meat and a toasty yet crunchy crust. The beer you choose should speak to both without overpowering one another. We recommend Shiner Marzen-Style Oktoberfest. Together with the crispy chicken skins, the malt-forward Marzen creates an explosion of caramelization and toast. The clean finish
Keybilly Island Ale and Vanilla Ice Cream
Some people take their comfort in a pint of beer, others take it in a pint of ice cream. You are missing out if you've never thought to mix the two! A frosty mug of beer can be even better with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream. Not every beer will work—and there are plenty of brews that should definitely not be adulterated with dairy. The combination of creamy vanilla ice cream and the key lime pie flavor in a Keybilly Island Ale is just too good to pass up.
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Snickers
Are you thirsty and need an energy boost? Why wait! This nougat candy topped with caramel and peanuts, covered in milk chocolate is a perfect match for the toasty, caramel and toffee flavors of brown ales — especially versions where nuts have been added in the brewing process. We recommend Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. This power pairing is sure to give you that energy boost needed to get you through the three-hour team building meeting at the office.
Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yella Pils and Hot Dogs
An all-beef frank topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish on a fresh and fluffy bun is too much flavor for an overly complicated beer. We suggest you enjoy it with a simple lager such as Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewing. The refreshing and clean taste will wash the dog down nicely without stealing any of its thunder.
Taco Bell Crunchy Taco and Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah
The corn shell and mildly sweet meat of this fast food staple pairs well with the malts in chile beers. The highlight of this pairing is really about the beer’s heat accelerating the taco spice from mild to turbo caliente with one big gulp. Ghost Face Killah takes heat to a completely different level in the stratosphere. (Warning: This beer pairing is not for the faint of heart or rookie taste buds!)