“Hey, Bob! What kinda beer you want with your hot dog?” “Well, Charlie, I’m thinkin’ sumthin’ crisp with a solid hop finish, but less noticeable on the front end.” “Really?,” challenges Charlie, “I’m thinkin’ a good hop bite on the front to take on the ketchup sweetness.” “Ketchup? KETCHUP! On a hot dog, waddya, nuts?!! “Gimme a witbier, mustard and relish, you scum-sucking ketchup-on-hot-dog-eater!”
Beer and food pairings are essential to beer enjoyment, though we beer snobs aren’t quite as annoying as frou-frou wine snobs debating which pinot grigio pairs best with brie. We beer snobs yuk it up pairing pilsners with bratwurst and old English ale with lamb. So, we bid a fond farewell to plastic flip-flops melting on the pavement with awesome beer pairings from my friends at the Marble Slab Creamery in Newark, Delaware, the only ice cream experts I’ve ever known to skillfully pair masterfully blended ice creams with masterfully crafted beers. It’s important to use a high quality ice cream like Marble Slab when choosing a high quality beer to match. Mark and Rhonda Quinlan say, “Pairing the right ice cream with the right beer takes patience and practice. Yes, this is the fun part. Careful consideration goes into the ice cream we select to use in a ‘beer float’. Subtle flavors tend to work best but we have had great results using our seasonal favorites. One of our favorites was our Egg Nog Ice Cream which is served October thru December. This ice cream has a mild flavor with a nutmeg and spice finish. To pair this beer we spoke with our friends at Twin Lakes Brewery in Greenville, Delaware. They suggested their Taylors Grog which is available at the Deer Park Tavern in Newark. This beer has more malt over tones rather than hopps. It is amber in color with a nice smooth finish that went well with the Egg Nog Ice Cream. This ice cream also paired well with a Belgium White if you prefer a lighter beer.”
“Fall is a terrific time for beer drinkers with the abundance of Oktoberfest and more robust beers available. Fall also brings the Pumpkin Ice Cream at the Marble Slab Creamery in Newark. This is a full flavor ice cream that needs a full flavor beer to stand with it. Last year we just had to make a road trip to Downingtown, PA to visit with our friends at Victory Brewing Company. Victory has a wide variety of beers but one of our favorites is their St. Victorious, a hardy double bock. This dark beer is filled with strong malt flavors and delivers a smooth, flavorful finish. At 9% ABV, it also has a nice warming feeling. We found this bold beer stood up well with the pumpkin and spice tones in our ice cream and made for a tasty treat. Victory also makes a Belgium Ale, their V-12 which is quite complex yet delivers a smooth finish. This beer is meant to be savored, not pounded at 12% ABV. The complex flavors in this ale also complimented our pumpkin ice cream without over powering it.”
Yeah, you hoity-toity wine snobs, YOU try pairing your rotten grapes with ice cream!