How to Pair Beer and Beef
As many of you know, we at Perry Land & Cattle have a very unique relationship with Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, Arizona. (We’ll write another blog soon delving into that deep well of awesome-ness). To sum it up for the sake of brevity, they send us the nutrient rich leftover liquid from their brewing process (called ‘wort’) and we feed it to our cows. Hence, our beef is ‘beer fed,’ and this is a big part of what gives it the exceptional taste and superior marbling. But how do you properly pair the finest quality beef in Arizona with the best beer brewed in the state? Read on to find out.
Pairing wine with different foods has been a common practice for a long time. While wine experts have established some strict pairing rules, it seems that when it comes to ’beer & food’ pairings, there’s a little bit more leeway. This is a relatively new trend, and many people don’t know where to start in making the right beer selections to bring out the flavor of their meal. Here we’ll discuss the basics and also give you some additional resources (from the experts at Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, Arizona along with The Brewers Association Food Matching Chart) to dig a little deeper, for those that wish to.
First, a teeny history lesson. At some point in Europe’s past, men, women & children all drank beer with every meal, from breakfast to dinner. At some point around the late 1800’s, (for reasons hard to pinpoint, but possibly in part because other options became more readily available at this time, and giving alcohol to children 3 times a day began to seem slightly… ummm…. anyway… this custom came to a halt. Drinking beer with your meal became sort of… uncool. And to this day, we think beer doesn’t get the respect it deserves at the dinner table.
As much as we enjoy a delightful pairing of fine wine & cuisine, we feel that beer deserves its due as well. Below are some beer pairing basics
Now that you’re equipped with the basics of beer pairing, for a more in depth explanation on these three points, you can check out our partner’s pairing guide at https://www.fourpeaks.com/beer-fact-friday-beer-food-pairing-basics/ and next time you’re in Tempe, stop by Four Peaks to pair Perry beef with the very brews enjoyed by the cows!
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Alicia Perry, PhD, Owner/Operator and all around Hay Maven (see my blog post on the time I fell off a haystack...). I share industry insights, tips & tricks on grilling great beef, and my personal journey into the ranching world.