The Perfect Pairing

My article on some creative pairings was published today at Porsche Perfect. If you want to skip my rant about pairing and go straight to the article then click here.

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One thing I’m adamant about is not turning this blog into another beer rating/beer pairing thing. There are plenty of people out there who will gladly spend what feels like hours describing the flavor profile of a single beer. They will go on and on about obscure notes while trying to think up abject ways to express what they’re tasting. They will go on about a bold IPA that has toffee and pine flavors and is a bit “cheeky” on the back of the tongue. They’ll use words like rogue, or catty to describe hop profiles. This crap doesn’t help anyone really. Taste is subjective.

The fact that taste is subjective is also why I don’t do pairings. I think beer is meant to be enjoyed, with or without food. It shouldn’t matter if I pair my Summer Steam Style Ale with a burger or with something a little classier. I always found it silly when wine snobs went on about pairings either with food or cheese. Sure some beverages will bring out the flavors in certain foods, but if people aren’t tasting the same flavors then what good is you telling them what to drink with their meal? While I’m on the topic. What is it with beer and cheese pairings? I just don’t get it.

So anyway all that ranting to say I wrote a pairing guide the other day for the PorschePerfect blog. Instead of pairing beer with food though I thought it would be fun to pair it with cars. Check out the article here.

originally posted at http://www.theweeklybrew.com/2009/06/the-perfect-pairing/

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