Fall Food and Drink Pairings
With a crispness in the air, leaves falling, and a deep craving for hearty comfort food, we know fall has arrived so our experts put together a list of fall dishes that contain our favorite seasonal flavors like cinnamon, marshmallows, citrus, squash, and of course, pumpkin ale. Read on for the perfect fall food and drink pairings.
Oktoberfest + Pork Belly
Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a smooth Marzen lager with a roasted sweetness and light hop character, which will perfectly match with City Works’ Crispy Pork Belly Spaetzle made with brown butter, roasted garlic, wilted arugula, and Lagunitas spicy brown mustard.
Bottlenectar + Wings
Football is back and that means you need our Smoked Chicken Wings paired with Goose Island Bottlenectar. Pairing a Pale Ale with wings is a classic combo that brings together bold flavors on both fronts. Bottlenectar is dry-hopped to provide bright flavors that will elevate our chili-rubbed wings.
Pinot Noir + Salmon
At City Works we serve pan-seared Salmon with butternut squash puree, olive oil poached fingerling potatoes, salsa verde, and succotash – the perfect match for Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir has the acidity to complement the fish and cut through its richness, and it adds welcome fruity, earthy notes.
Old Fashioned + Pork Chop
On a cool, fall day, nothing will warm you better than a Burnt Orange Old Fashioned paired with our bone-in center-cut pork chop. The orange bitters and charred simple syrup in this cocktail will provide a perfect match for the chipotle maple glaze and cinnamon-spiced apples that accompany the pork chop.
Pumpkin Ale + S’mores
With fall comes a drop in temperature that makes us want to sit around a campfire. You might tell stories of our S’mores Dip after you taste it paired with Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale. This classic dessert with a twist plays brilliantly with the brown ale brewed with pumpkin flesh and brown sugar.
Beer Pairing Tips from Bottleneck’s Experts
1. Try to match the intensity of whatever food and beer you would like to pair. Don’t let one drown the other out!
2. A successful pairing should highlight desirable flavors in both the beer and food, or create new flavors not originally present in the dish.
3. Don’t be afraid to try a pairing – experimentation is the fun part!