Before the Cinco de Mayo celebrations begin, here's a couple of questions you should keep in mind before serving your beer selection this weekend. You wouldn't want to accidentally recommend a beer that's going to make your customer's meal taste even spicier if that's not what they want!
- Is the flavor strong? You're going to need a beer that's just as strong as the meal you're enjoying. If the meal you're having is light and/or doesn't have a strong flavor profile, pair it with one of your lighter beers.
- What is the primary flavor of your meal? Just like you would with sides, pair a meal and beer together if the flavors of the two seem like they would be complimentary. In other words, ask yourself: Do these two things have similar aromas, flavoring, and/or levels of intensity? If they do, there is a high chance you'll find that they make a good pair.
- Do you want to emphasize the flavor? This will vary person to person. If you find yourself enjoying a sweet dish and want something that will balance this sweetness, you're going to need a hoppy or bitter beer. However, this same hoppy, bitter beer will only emphasize a dish that's spicy.
Want to learn more about what beer will work best with your dishes this weekend? Check out Craft Beer's chart below. Consider it a helpful guide that breaks down exactly what kind of interactions certain beers will have on your food.