Beer & Meat Pairing Ideas
The caramel taste of a lager gives way to subtle bitterness, so it works well with delicately herbed chicken. This crisp drink will cut through the meat and cleanse the palate between mouthfuls.
It’s also a great drink to sup with a plate of Lidgate cheeses and olives.
It is of course, also a perfect partner for hand-held food. The sweetness of pork makes it a good match, so it’s great for hotdogs and all manner of our wide sausage range.
IPA or India Pale Ale – is the brewers’ opportunity to throw lots of punchy hops into a really strong beer. This traditional approach makes for a ramped-up pale ale with a flavour as complex as wine - so matching it to food opens up plenty of potential.
The heavy hop flavour gives the beer its key characteristic. You can find a wide range of different IPAs from citrus, elderflower and herbs to tropical fruits and even pine needle flavoured beers. It has a bit of a bitter finish and it’s often thought Thai food goes especially well with it. A green curry, with it’s lemongrass and coriander flavours – match especially well.
Lidgate Burgers are also a great match, but make sure your toppings aren’t too overpowering.
Stouts & Porters
Porter is said to be named after the traders who enjoyed it as what they believed was a nourishing drink. The strongest beer became known as the ‘stoutest’ which became shortened to Stout – the most famous of which, is of course Guinness.
If you are a Guinness fan – you should definitely try our Pork & Guinness Sausages. Stouts are known for their malty flavour, roasted scent, chocolate, coffee and creamy notes. You can even get a chocolate porter – which really is a rich drink – but if you can’t – a great match is a chocolate desert and a small glass of Guinness.
Roast meats are also great with a Stout, as they can pick up charred flavours from the grill or