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Winter Beer Pairings

A winter beer in the snow signifies the season’s new pallet of beer pairings.

During the winter there's nothing quite like cozying up with a tasty meal and a well-matched beer. While summer may be the season of crisp lagers and hoppy IPAs, winter calls for beers with a deeper flavor portfolio. Use this winter beer and food pairings guide to help satisfy your winter cravings!


Stouts & Hearty Sandwiches:

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the rich flavors of stouts. Pair a creamy oatmeal stout with a juicy Reuben or a hearty Cuban for a match made in winter heaven. The deep notes of the stout beautifully complement the savory flavors of a hearty sandwich, creating a delightful combination.


Spicy Ales & Wraps:

If you're looking for a winter beer that packs a punch, consider spicy ales. With their bold flavors and often elevated alcohol content, they perfectly complement fresh wraps. The saucy freshness of a wrap can help balance out the spicy kick in a spicy ale, making for a well-rounded and satisfying meal.


Winter Wheat Beers & Fish: 

Winter wheat beers, with their subtle citrus and spice notes, are a wonderful choice for those who prefer a lighter beer during the colder months. They pair exceptionally well with local fish fillets. The crispness of a winter wheat beer complements the delicate flavors of a blackened or battered fish fillet sandwich or meal, creating a refreshing and enjoyable combination.


Barleywines & Flatbreads: 

For the full winter experience, look no further than barleywines. These high-alcohol beers often have complex, fruity, and caramel notes. They make for a delightful pairing with cheesy flatbreads. The sweet and malty profile of barleywines enhances the flavors of both the cheese and the toppings of flatbreads.  


TimeOut Tavern’s flatbreads lined up as a perfect combination with winter beer.

Winter IPAs & Burgers:

Winter IPAs offer a unique twist on the traditional IPA style, featuring a bit more malt sweetness and a warmer, spicier hop profile. They pair wonderfully with a classic burger, especially when it's loaded with hearty toppings like bacon, mushrooms, and cheese. The bold flavors of the burger can hold their own against the robust character of a winter IPA.


Sip & Savor


The hunt for the perfect winter beer has endless contenders. Lucky for you, TimeOut Tavern offers all these beer-meal combinations and more! Take a look at our menu to give these winter pairings a try or to make some winter pairings of your own. Whether you prefer the comforting embrace of a stout, the spiciness of an ale, the lightness of a winter wheat beer, the sweetness of a barleywine, or the twist of a winter IPA, there's a winter beer pairing waiting to elevate your meals this winter season. So, bundle up and savor the flavors of the winter season at TimeOut Tavern.


TimeOut Tavern’s draft beer list shows off their winter beer on draft.

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