Looks like we are finally getting some summer sunshine. Time to break out that barbeque! But what beers should enjoy with your BBQ?
A barbeque evening can be a long affair, from setting up to getting the heat just right, to perhaps the most enjoyable part, full bellies and conversation long into the night. Fruity ales and easy drinking lagers are the call of the day. All-rounders that suit most BBQ dishes and most palates. We’ve a great range on offer in our 5 for €10 mix and match, from punchy IPAs like, well, Punk IPA to smooth Helles lager like Spaten.
However why not add a sprinkling of variety to your beer menu. Bold chargrilled flavours call for some beers with real character, here are a few suggestions that will stand up well to barbequed food but are also suited just as well to a long evening’s sipping.
Saison is often described as a food beer, it spicy and herbal, thirst quenching while also packing some serious flavour. The high carbonation cleanses the palate while the long finish leaves plenty of spicy flavours to complement your next bite of food. Black Donkey Sheep Stealer is a great Irish example of the style. If you haven’t tried it before it’s the one to pick up. Bold enough for those posh sausages you picked up yet delicate enough for grilled fish.
If you like your barbeque eats smoke and charred, then dark roast stouts are the prefect choice. Choose a more ‘traditional’ style avoiding more modern sweet ‘pastry’ stouts, you want a beer than will compliment the food rather than take over. Priory Brewing Plenary Indulgence is a perfect choice, medium bodied with chocolate, roast malt and coffee tones but with a balanced malt bitter finish.
Sours beer is also a great choice for BBQ. Able to stand up to the intensity of flavour while delivering contrasting flavours. Rodenbach Grand Cru is a mild Belgian sour, a blend of 1/3 young beer with 2/3 oak aged beer. This aging together with its smooth malt character gives it enough body for heartier foods while delivering an intense, complex and fruity sour flavour.
Whatever you choose to drink, do enjoy the weather.