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We all love beer

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Beer, like a good meal, is made to be enjoyed with people you like, appreciating every note and every chat at your leisure. A good beer, when matched with the right dish, makes the taste experience of both even more flavorful. And you know what? With more than 120 different styles and a nearly unlimited number of flavors, there is an ideal beer for any meal. In addition, since it is a beverage made with wholesome ingredients, beer is always a good choice to accompany meals, as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Sweets

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For sweets, the type of combination by similarity is really great. Since they usually have very striking characteristics, they call for beers that are also slightly sweet and/or fruity but, at the same time, with a slight acidity that complements the sensations of both.

Seafood

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For this type of food, what will define the pairing is the intensity of the seasoning used in the preparation.

When they are very spicy, the best choice is a beer with stronger and more striking flavors, such as India Pale Ale (IPA), Amber Ale, or Hefeweizen.

With a light seasoning, it's good to pair with beers with this same characteristic, such as the Blond Ale.

If the seafood is more grilled or smoked, the combination should be made with beers with darker, toasted malts, such as Brown Ale or Altbier.

Grains

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Clearer, lighter beers with less hops typically complement the mild flavors of grain dishes well. Therefore, when pairing with these dishes, Pilsner, American Amber Lager, and Weizen styles are good choices.

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For spicier foods, it is interesting for the beer to be more bitter, because the hops can cut the effect of the pepper and clear the palate so that you can better taste the flavors of the following bites.

Pasta

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Pasta has a quite neutral flavor that matches with various types of beer. For this reason, it is more interesting to do the pairing based on the sauce for the pasta.

Spicier sauces match better with more bitter beers, such as IPA. Milder sauces, such as white sauces, tend to go better with the lightness of Pilsen. However, if your preference is for more intense, complex sauces, such as pesto, it's good to get stronger, more intense beers, such as Tripel.

Red meats

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Red meats, which are usually fattier and prepared with more seasonings and sauces, call for a beer with a little more intensity. Thus, they match up better with Strong Ale, Porter, Dry Stout, Bock, Dunkel, etc.

White meats

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White meats such as fish and poultry, which are lighter – when they are not too seasoned – tend to call for milder beers, such as Pilsen or Weizen.

Cheeses

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There are various types of cheeses, but in general it is good to have a beer that cuts the typical fat from the milk and clears the palate for the next piece.

Lighter cheeses go well with Pilsen or with Amber Lager, for example. More intense/strong cheeses go well with India Pale Ale (IPA), Weizenbock, Stout, or Dunkel.

Smoked cheeses call for a more specific pairing with beers that have more toasted malt, caramelized aromas, and a more striking presence of hops, such as Porter.

Chocolates

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For chocolates, the ideal beers should clear away the fat and complement the flavor. Depending on the type of chocolate, the pairing can vary, but the Sweet Stout, Fruit Beer, and Porter styles usually pair well with the cacao and with the sweetness of the chocolate.

The Holiday Season

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The dinners for the parties at the end of the year have foods that are a little heavier (and delicious) than at other festivities and other times of year. Considering the star of the meal, the turkey, it is good to pair with Strong Golden Ale, Belgian Strong Ale etc.

Barbecue

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A festivity with no set date, greatly appreciated all over the world, barbecue calls for beers with a medium intensity. Styles that involve toasting pair very well with the toasted characteristic also present in meats. Some examples are Stout, Porter, and Brown Ale. An excellent choice is Rauchbier, which will bring the smoked characteristic to the pairing.

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Do barbecue and Pilsner go together?

For this combination, there is a very strong cultural factor. In countries where people tend to stay at the barbecue with friends for a longer time (as in Brazil), this ends up creating a preference for lighter, easier-to-drink beers. Along come the Pilsners which, due to these characteristics, go well with just about everything.

Salads

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When it's hot, a salad is an excellent choice because it is ultra-light and refreshing. Since it has these characteristics, the salad ends up going nicely with Pilsner or Weizen.

Soups

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Colder weather calls for a somewhat stronger, more intense beer with more hops to warm up the body.

It seems like a rather strange combination, doesn't it? But actually, beers and soups really can be paired. Since they are rich in flavors and seasonings, soups go well with styles such as Bock, IPA, Porter, and Weizen.

Peanuts

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A little serving of peanuts and other nuts is almost a given where beer is being served due to their convenience and pleasant taste. Since they have a delicate flavor and are slightly oily, they end up matching better with light beers, such as Amber Lager, Dark Lager, and Pilsner.

Spicy food

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For spicier foods, it is interesting for the beer to be more bitter, because the hops can cut the effect of the pepper and clear the palate so that you can better taste the flavors of the following bites.

Chocolates

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For chocolates, the ideal beers should clear away the fat and complement the flavor. Depending on the type of chocolate, the pairing can vary, but the Sweet Stout, Fruit Beer, and Porter styles usually pair well with the cacao and with the sweetness of the chocolate.