There is so much potential to match and mingle craft beer with food to please and surprise the palate, and the other evening having done just that, I wanted to share the results with you!
One wouldn’t normally think of beer with Sushi, but move over Saki…
I started off with a couple of notable craft beers:
- Hoptical Illusion – An India Pale Ale by Blue Point Brewing Company (6.8% ABV) from Long Island, NY
- 2011 Celebration Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (6.8% ABV) from Chico, CA
together with a couple of Sushi rolls from my local Sushi specialty take-out counter:
- Crunchy roll – with chili sauce enveloping rice, shrimp, eel, carrots, cucumber and spices, cooked to a crunchy finish
- Dragon roll – with fresh tuna, avocado, rice and pesto-like sauce
Celebration Ale perfect with Spicy Shrimp…
At first thought, it seemed like an unlikely pairing, but the more robust winter taste of the Celebration Ale aptly complimented the spiciness of the Crunchy roll with the chili sauce. The mahogany woody essence of the Celebration Ale added a hearty richness to the shrimp and zesty chili flavors.
Celebration Ale fared far better than trying to combine the hoppiness of the Hoptical Illusion with chili flavor, but read on…
Hoptical Illusion enriches the Ahi Tuna
The more muted and less flavorful (but still delicious!) tuna and avocado flavors lent themselves well to the hoppy Hoptical Illusion, which was a nice surprise. (The Celebration Ale overpowered the Dragon Roll to the extent that the sushi ended up tasting bland…) Whatever was the sauce on the top of the Dragon Roll mixed and swirled well over the tongue with the Hoptical Illusion providing a light and flavorful burst for the unexpecting palate. A good combination indeed!
What is YOUR experience?
Please let me know what Sushi and Craft Beer pairings you’ve tried and want to try again and again? I’ll feature them in this blog and credit you!
Happy and safe imbibing my friends!
The Unofficial Beer Goddess…