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We all love beer

Beer goes great with food. The balance of flavors and sensations between the right beer and the perfect dish make the experience much more incredible. In this chapter, check out some tips on beer experiences at home to make your time with friends even more unique.
  • Beer Tasting
  • Beer and Cheese
  • Appetizers
  • Drinks
  • Beer Tasting
    • Label selection 

      Label selection 

      To choose the event's main attraction, it is ideal to select 3 to 5 labels. More than that can alter the senses and detract from the tasting. Remember: the main objective is to explore the infinity of stimuli that the beers can provide.

      Some ideas for organizing the selection:

      - By style – IPA, Witbier, Pilsner, Strong Ale....

      - By school – German, English, Belgian.


    • Order of the tasting

      Order of the tasting

      Always respect the order of potency of the beers. Start with the ones that are lighter and have less alcohol content, normally bottom-fermenting beers, progressing to the stronger, more full-bodied ones. Otherwise, the palate may lose its sensitivity and impair tasting of the more delicate beers.


    • Note everything down

      Note everything down

      Set out a note pad for your guests to record all their impressions of the beers. You can divide them into three main categories:

      - Look: color, turbidity, and head.

      - Smell: fruity, herbal, toasted, etc.

      - Taste: sweet, bitter, sour, etc.



    • Environment


      Forget the formalities – beer's ambiance is what provides a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can act naturally. Your guests should feel free to react to every beer in a genuine way.

    • Do's and Don'ts

      Do's and Don'ts

      - It is important to drink water during the tasting to clean the mouth and recover the palate's sensitivity.

      - Do not eat beforehand. Food residues can distort and disrupt the tasting experience. It is ideal to have an interval of two hours between the last meal and the tasting.

      - Forget about "the colder the better". It is essential to serve each beer at the correct temperature. You can find the ideal temperature for each in our chapter on Types of Beer. 

  • Beer and Cheese Beer can make the ideal pairing with cheese, a break from the popularity of “wine and cheese”. It is best to match the beer with higher or lower hops content depending on the intensity of the cheese’s flavor.
    • Parmegiano-Reggiano


      Type: Aged Hard Cheese

      Similar Cheeses: Extra Aged Mimolette, Comté Reserve, Old Amsterdam

      Beer Pairing: Belgian Blond Ale, Leffe Belgian Blond Ale's sweet flavor, with hints of caramel and honey, is the perfect accompaniment for the light, grainy, savory, and slightly nutty flavor of these cheeses, allowing them a chance to really shine.


    • Brie Cheese

      Brie Cheese

      Type: Soft Ripened Cheese

      Similar Cheeses: Camembert, Cambozola, Teleme

      Beer Pairing: Witbier

      Witbier transforms the creamy texture and the softer flavors of the cheese into an explosion of flowery, herbal freshness and dairy creaminess.


    • Cheddar


      Type: Semi-Hard Cheese

      Similar Cheeses: Gruyère, Gouda, Colby

      Beer Pairing: Pilsner

      The crisp hoppiness of Pilsner combines with the richness of the cheese and highlights the fantastic cheddar flavor. The cheese's mild savory flavors and the beer's sweet malt balance with the incredible flavors of the hops.


    • Munster


      Type: Washed Rind Cheeses

      Similar Cheeses: Reblochon, Taleggio, Époisse

      Beer Pairing: Belgian Blond Ale

      Belgian Blond Ale enhances these rich and complex cheeses, highlighting their creamy and earthy flavors, and this combination leads to a unique flavor experience between cheese and beer.


    • Farmer Cheese

      Farmer Cheese

      Type: Fresh Cheese

      Similar Cheeses: Mascarpone, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese

      Beer Pairing: Witbier

      The freshness of both, beer and cheese, meld to highlight the refreshing zesty flavors. The underlying herbal notes of Witbier and farmer cheese harmonize perfectly with salads or freshly baked breads.


    • Pepper Jack

      Pepper Jack

      Type: Spicy Cheese

      Similar Cheeses: Chipotle Pepper Gouda, Mexican Cheese

      Beer Pairing: Pilsner

      First, the Pilsner cleanses your palate, giving the sensation of lightness. Then the spicy flavors emerge, without fieriness, creating the perfect balance between the cheese, the beer, and the spices, plus a slight sensation of tingling on the tongue.

    • Gouda


      Type: Semi-Hard Cheese

      Similar Cheeses: Jarlsberg, Manchego, Fontina

      Beer Pairing: Belgian Ale

      The nuttiness and fruitiness of both, beer and cheese, complement each other well, while the light, hoppy bitterness of Belgian Ale highlights the cheese's flavors and softens its savory flavor.


    • Melted Mozzarella

      Melted Mozzarella

      Type: Spicy Cheese

      Similar Cheeses: Melted Hard & Semi Soft Cheese

      Beer Pairing: Pilsner

      Pilsner pairs brilliantly with melted cheese. That means that pizzas, pasta, croque-monsieur and Belgian cheese croquettes are excellent combinations. Pilsner brings out the rich, creamy textures and savory flavors of the cheese, cleansing the palate and allowing for the next bite as if it were the first.


  • Appetizers
    • Cucumber and carrots with course salt

      Cucumber and carrots with course salt

      Cut carrots and cucumbers into sticks and serve with their ends stuck into a glass with coarse salt. It's very easy to make and goes well with Pilsen or American Lager. Especially in warmer weather. 


    • Mozzarella bruschetta

      Mozzarella bruschetta

      Slices of Italian bread toasted in the oven with mozzarella, tomato, and oregano. And to go with it, a Pilsen or a Weiss. This is the perfect recipe for welcoming your guests. 


    • Salami with squeezed lime

      Salami with squeezed lime

      Serve slices of salami with drops of squeezed lime. The savory taste of the salami and the sour taste of the lime harmonize perfectly with the characteristics of a Pilsner or a Session IPA.


    • Frankfurters on a stick

      Frankfurters on a stick

      Place frankfurter sections on a stick interspersed with other ingredients, such as tomato, olives, and cheeses. This is another appetizer that harmonizes perfectly with a Belgian Pale Ale or a Viena Lager. 


    • Baby potatoes with olive oil

      Baby potatoes with olive oil

      Baked baby potatoes seasoned with olive oil and rosemary is another option to perfectly accompany a wheat beer, such as Witbier or Weizenbier. 


  • Drinks teste
    • Summer Hoedown

      Summer Hoedown

      As the name suggests, this drink is perfect for hot days. The combination of fresh watermelon juice with wheat beer will chill the hottest days. 

      Mix half of the watermelon in a blender until it is liquid. Strain the liquid by removing the pulp and do the same with the rest of the watermelon. Add sugar and let it chill for an hour and a half. When serving, don’t forget to add beer and cherry liqueur in the glass with juice.


      - 6 pounds of watermelon without seeds

      - 2 tablespoons of sugar

      - ¼ cup of cherry liqueur

      - 4 bottles of Witbier-style beer

    • Snakebite


      Why not mix two of the best fermented drinks? Use equal parts of beer and cider to prepare a Snakebite. Put a dash of blackcurrant in the glass (just enough to cover the bottom of the glass, about a tablespoon). Add the beer next, and then the cider.


      - Lager-style or Stout-style beer

      - Cider, champagne, or sparkling wine

      - Blackcurrant


    • Chelada


      One of Mexico's favorite drinks is also one of the easiest to make. Beer and lime are all you need to make this world-famous drink. Cut the lime and put its juice in a glass with the beer. Add salt to taste and ice to complete the drink.


      - 1 can of Lager-style beer

      - 2 slices of lime

      - Salt to taste 

      - Ice



    • Michelada


      The traditional Mexican michelada is made with lime juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. 

      Cut the limes in half and run half a lime around the rims of the glasses. Then turn the glasses over in a saucer with salt and pepper (to cake the rim). Squeeze the limes and divide the juice among the glasses. Put in Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to taste straight into the glasses and fill them up with ice.


      - Juice of 2 limes

      -  ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper 

      -  1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce 

      - ¼ – ½ teaspoon of Tabasco 

      - 2 cans of Lager-style beer

      - Ice


    • Frühstück Weisse

      Frühstück Weisse

      With a German name, the Frühstück Weisse is a light drink for those who like something refreshing, and it is well suited for occasions and events that start in the morning. For example, if you are going to have your friends over for a special breakfast, brunch, or something similar, this is definitely a good choice. Put 100 ml of orange juice in a glass and fill it up with beer. Easy, huh?


      - 100 ml of natural orange juice

      - Witbier-style beer