Best Breads For Hoppy Beer


Day to day pressures in everyday life are inevitable. Therefore after a long and hard day, what better way to relax and unwind than to come home to some chilled Hoppy beer? Hoppy beer is great, and the best way to enjoy it is to pair it with some bread. If paired correctly, the bread you choose to pair with can serve to complement the Hoppy beer, allowing you to fully savor your drink.

Hoppy beer is a beer with a very characteristic taste, and finding the suitable bread to pair it may be tricky, but it is definitely not impossible. Due to its bitter taste, the kind of bread that would pair well with it is a bread that provides some sort of interruption, that would occasionally provide the taste buds with relief from its strong nature.

The bread that is most suitable to pair with Hoppy beer is the milk loaf. This is an traditional English bread that is made with sugar, a touch of butter and milk. Hoppy beer has a bitter taste that is rather intense, therefore other delicacies are not fully able to complement it, since the bitter taste clouds the taste buds. However, the slight sweetness of this darling of breads intensifies the dry bitterness of the Hoppy beer, and the result is a teasing effect that prompts you to take one sip after the next, still giving you the urge to keep drinking.

Portuguese Pao Duce is another type of bread that can be effortlessly paired with Hoppy beer. It is sometimes prepared with potato flour and this results in the bread having flesh of very smooth texture. When choosing the Pao Duce to take with your Hoppy beer, however, it is best to go with the plain type, as some variations of this bread may contain lemon rinds in them.

In the absence of those two bread types, plain buns can serve as suitable substitutes to pair with Hoppy beer. Plain buns with a mild sweet taste are the best for this pairing, as other buns like Chelsea buns, sticky buns or others are overly sweet and may contain dried fruits like raisins or may be glazed. Overly sweet breads, when paired with Hoppy beer will provide a very heavy contrast and may consequently make the drinking session unenjoyable.

You may interested in making your own bread to go with your favorite brew.  Dust off the bread machine your grandmother gave for Christmas and give it a shot.  Search the internet for some good bread machine recipes and try baking a few different types of bread and see how they taste with your beer.

Having gotten this information, you are more acquainted with how best you can enjoy your Hoppy beer. Go ahead and grab some, pair it with one of these recommended breads and savor your beer to the fullest!

Pairing Craft Beer with Delectable Dishes


Through the years, people have grown to love the taste of beer.  For many, drinking beer is a celebration of the good life.  It is essentially food that’s rich in texture and aroma and comes in a variety of flavors.  But what makes it a more pleasurable drink is that it complements a variety of food – from grilled meats to classic gourmet food.

barrel-534392_640The best beer and food pairings have strengths that match and flavors that complement.

We recently attended an event provided by that was all about beer and food pairings.  If you ever get a chance to attend a beer / food festival and are a beer fan, you won’t be disappointed.

Strong, flavorful dishes are best paired with equally strong beers.  The strength of beer is measured by its alcoholic content, hop sweetness or bitterness, malty flavor, and roast essence.  On the other hand, exquisite food will complement a fine tasting beer.

Meanwhile, beer and dish pairings work best when a common flavor is present in both foods.  For instance, a nutty brown ale tastes good with homemade cheddar and hearty dishes.  Imperial stout and its strong roast flavor is best taken with foie gras or smoked goose while lagers are heavenly when taken with roasted meat.

Now it’s time to check out what’s the right beer for appetizers, main courses, and yes, desserts.

Beer with appetizers

For meal starters, beer with a crisp, fresh taste is the way to go.  Beers made of light wheat goes well with salad greens.  Hoppy Pilsner is good too if your salad greens are the bitter type.  The Hoppy American pale ale is an enjoyable drink when taken with appetizing cheese tarts.  Red ale or dry stout are both good with smoked fish.

Remember, beer for appetizers should be light and with a very little touch of bitterness.

Beer for main courses

There is always a specific beer type for any main course.  The key here is to compare the intensity of the beer versus your main dish.  Light delicate food like grilled fish goes well with Pilsener.  Roasted poultry is an enjoyable treat alongside a bottle of pale ale or lager.

Beer and dessert

Most desserts served are sweet and to balance this, the beer that is full in flavor is a good match.  The sweetness of creme brulee can be perfectly tamed by highly hopped beers.

These are pairings which have been tried and tested but only you can decide which craft beer experience brings you more pleasure.