The American Craft: Picnic Pairing
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Cream Ale
Give this a try: Hess Brewing Company’s Grazius
Suggested pairings: chicken, salmon, bratwurst, monterrey jack cheese
The Cream Ale was developed by American ale brewers who could not afford to invest in lager brewing equipment when the lager revolution swept America. The Cream Ale was developed to emulate the pilsner which was becoming very popular at that time. Enjoy a Cream Ale style beer with lighter fare—chicken, salmon or bratwurst. It also pairs nicely with a peppery cheese like Monterey Jack. Give Hess Brewing Company’s Grazius cream ale a shot.
The Steam Beer
Give this a try: Anchor Brewing’s Steam Beer
Suggested pairings: charbroiled steak, lamb chops, smoked salmon
The Steam Beer was developed by brewers in San Francisco who followed the gold rush of 1849 and before mechanical refrigeration was available in the area. The name ‘steam’ comes from the pressure that was released when the beer tapped. This hybrid beer is a lager brewed at ale temperatures—brewing lagers at warmer temperatures creates more carbonation in the beer The name ‘steam’ is copyrighted by Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and is very closely regulated. Other breweries use ‘California Common’ instead of Steam Beer. California Common style beer pairs well with barbecued food like charbroiled steak, lamb chops or even smoked salmon! You can pick up Anchor Brewing’s Steam beer in most grocery stores.
The Blonde Ale
Give this a try: Mission Brewery’s Blonde Ale
Suggested pairings: burgers, hot dogs, pizza
The Blonde Ale is a light American Ale developed by brewpubs to introduce American lager drinkers to a more full flavored beer—nicknamed the ‘Training Wheel’ beer. This easy drinking and approachable beer does very well on its own, however, this beer can be easily paired with any of your favorite back yard meals. Burgers, hot dogs and pizza are a great match for the Blonde Ale. Try Mission Brewery’s Blonde Ale the next time you’re grilling in the back yard!
American Amber Lager
Give this a try: North Coast Brewing Red Seal Ale
Suggested pairings: sundried tomato
The American Amber Lager started in the early 1980’s in California brew pubs that wanted an English bitter style but not called ‘bitter’. This style was also developed to fill the color gap between pale and dark beers. Pair this beer with a sun dried tomato reduction sauces—the balanced hopping complements food with flavors of basil and oregano. North Coast Brewing Red Seal Ale is an exemplary example of the American Amber Lager. The malt and hops are married beautifully and finishes long with notes of spice!
Wishing you all a wonderful start to the summer. Cheers!