I have recently stumbled upon a few interesting and actually very tasty beer and food combinations, that I did not expect to play so well together.
1) Bud Light Lime and Cherry Pop Tarts -
This may not seem like a huge surprise but it honestly caught me off guard. One morning while attending the Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park in Punta Gorda, Florida, as I crawled out of bed (in this case a lawn chair I was sleeping on), I was given a Cherry Pop Tart. Since I was really hungover from the night before, I needed a good breakfast beer. So, I grabbed the first beer I could get my hands on, a Bud Light Lime (which is an appropriate breakfast/pre-drinking all day beer). Quite simply, the combination of Bud Light Lime and Cherry Pop Tart caught me off guard. The Cherry Pop Tart and the Bud Light Lime blended together wonderfully, creating a pleasant cherry limeade type flavor balanced by the Pop Tart crust.
2) Southern Tier 2xIPA and malt balls from The Fresh Market.
While enjoying one of my favorite beers, the Southern Tier 2xIPA, and watching the Kansas City Chiefs play a few months ago, I popped a couple of malt balls in my mouth and took a big swig of my beer. I have not been the same since, this was an awesome combination. Somehow, the bitter, piney, grape-fruity goodness from the 2xIPA combined with the chocolaty, maltiness from the candy to create a unique almost cherry like flavor. You will just have to test it out for yourself, all I can tell you is we did not have any malt balls left after that discovery!
3) Dogfish Head Festina Peche and red velvet cake
There is not much of a story here, I love Berliner Weisse (especially the Festina Peche) and I love red velvet cake. So, one day I ate some red velvet cake while drinking a Festina Peche. While I did not expect them to pair so nicely, I am forever glad they did. The sour fruitiness from the Festina Peche cut into the rich red velvet cake and blended in to provide a fruity, creamy cheesy, chocolaty sensation.
4) George’s Salsa and The Bruery Windowsill
George’s is a magical little restaurant in Springfield Missouri, they are cheap open very late and serve up the best damn salsa on the planet. This salsa is almost beyond words, it is very hot, yet sweet and just plain delicious. On my last trip up to Springfield, I packed 4 bottles of Georg’es Salsa in my checked bag. While hanging out at Old Soul Brewing Company and eating the delicious salsa, a buddy opened up a Windowsill from The Bruery. The spicy, sweet heat of the salsa plus the sour, raspberry notes of the Windowsill provided a heavenly gastronomic experience.