Belgians enjoy one of the most vibrant and diverse beer cultures in the world and beer is incorporated into all aspects of the meal, even dessert. Belgian brewing methods vary widely, producing a breadth of flavors and aromas that pair perfectly with food. Served in the appropriate glassware, the flavors of the Belgian beers and multi-textured aromas are released, like the nose of a fine wine. Belgian beer has sparked the increasing trend of food and beer pairings to spread across the United States with restaurants offering beer-themed dinners, beer pairings with tasting menus and dedicated beer sommeliers. This increased interest in serving beer with food can be attributed to the proliferation of microbreweries and the adaptation of beer cultures from countries like Belgium, which have opened up the world of beer to many chefs, sommeliers, beverage directors, and consumers.
When pairing beer and food, one of the most important things to consider is the balance of the beer and the food it’s matched with. This includes the weight and intensity of the food, and the aroma and taste of the beer. When serving a beer with food, it is important to create harmony between the flavors to achieve the desired sensory impact of the beer and the food it’s paired with. At RM Seafood in Las Vegas, beverage director Jeff Eichelberger explains “I think of beer in the same vein as wine when approaching pairing. Texture and complementary flavors and aromas are key to look for. Beer is usually easier to pair with food than wine as it tends to be broader and more forgiving on the palate.”
Our lightest beer PaceMaker™ (4.5%) is a perfectly well balanced, medium-bodied pilsner, brewed to perfection from the very best ingredients. If you like low alcohol content refreshing beers, you will find PaceMaker™ to taste organically distinct, rich and natural with a refreshing floral and complex taste, and a long-lasting after-taste.
Like all DR BLUES brews, PaceMaker™ undergoes in-bottle conditioning in DR BLUES music room while listening to the music of Big Apple Blues Band through 30,000 Watts of acoustic energy for 3 weeks. PaceMaker™ is a table beer for the Kings who drink only the very best.
At the table, most chefs prefer heavier beers with sufficient complexity, preferably served from small glasses. As a general rule, when you assemble a beer menu you should start off with a lighter beer and finish with a more distinctive one that packs more of a punch. If you start with serving an IPA or a heavy stout at the start of a meal, the dominant bitterness of these beers will linger in the mouth.
This week we bring to you one amazing recipe for Parmigiana di Melanzane with DR BLUES Belgian Brews.
Eggplant parmigiana or eggplant Parmesan is one of the most popular and iconic vegetarian Italian dishes and this recipe is straight from Italy. Use ripe eggplant without seeds and salt them for 1 hour to remove the bitterness.