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.
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.