Nuts & a Longneck: Food and Beer Pairings

Food and Beer Pairings That Will Blow You Away

If Leonardo Divinci was born today he would have some serious competition. Pepe Velázquez. Divinci had wine; Pepe has beer. Divinci had art; Pepe has beer. Divinci had his inventions; Pepe has beer. But more than that Pepe has beer and he knows what beer needs…


Food and beer were meant to be together. In fact they used to be the same thing. The first beers resembled porridge and, due to a lengthy expiration date, helped the ancient Sumerians survive the winter months.

Nowadays beer is better and more diverse than ever and so is the food. Picking what beer to drink with what kind of food is a difficult art that most people ignore.  But as Pepe philosophized, “You wouldn’t wear black shoes with a brown belt so why would you eat black beans with a brown ale?” Here are a couple straightforward pairs from Pepe to keep your taste buds titillating even after your face turns numb.

Meatballs and an IPA

Bland meatballs won’t cut it here. They’ll be completely overpowered by the IPA. If you’re drinking a Stone Ruination IPA or a Rogue Imperial IPA you’re going to need some very hot balls i.e. balls so hot they make you cry. Let your balls take a hot bath in this meatball sauce that’s not only a bit spicy but it’s made with beer, too.

  • 2 (12-oz.) bottles chili sauce
  • 1 (12-oz.) can of beer
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

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If you’re drinking a really strong IPA try curry with your meatballs. You won’t be disappointed.

Hearty Sausage and a Dunkelweizen

There’s nothing like some hearty sausage and a stein of Dunkelweizen to make you feel like your roaming the foothills of Austria with Julie Andrews. Or Christopher Plummer if that’s what you’re into.  When you’ve downed the sausage and you’re still yearning for more reach for a banana cream pie. You’ll be satisfied down to the last bite. Here’s two of our favorite Dunkelweizens to try with your sausage, New Glarus Black Wheat and the Samuel Adam’s Dunkelweizen. This is one of my very favorite food and beer pairings.

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Cream Puffs and an Oatmeal Stout

Boy does Pepe like cream puffs. He talks about them all the time, but never as much as when he’s also talking about oatmeal stout. These two couldn’t make for a better post meal snack.


There’s not much to say really, except you don’t have to be a cream puff to enjoy one. We like it with Rogue‘s Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Foie Gras and an Imperial Stout

Is your fridge packed full of condiments, leftover chinese and foie gras d’oie? Mine too. While I don’t have anything for those condiments or the leftover Chinese I do have a reason to finally get to all that fattened goose liver. Imperial stouts have a bold often overpowering flavor that goes perfectly with fois gras whether it’s in pâté, parfait, or mousse form.  If you live in a state where force-feeding animals is illegal than try your imperial stout with some shark fin soup. If you can get your hands on one, try it with Sierra Nevada‘s 30th Anniversary Fritz and Ken’s Ale.

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Nuts and a Longneck

And finally, nothing says tradition like an American lager and a bowl of nuts. You can’t have the nuts plain though. Make sure you get all of your friends and neighbors to come over and stick their hands in there. Their sweaty palms will marinade the nuts with a dank salty flavor that goes perfectly with your tasteless lager.

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