Finding the right accompaniment for your preferred brew is no easy matter, especially with a whole world of snacks to choose from
When it comes to complementing beer everyone has a different opinion on the perfect savoury snack.
And every country has its own traditions. Adventurous drinkers can tantalise their taste buds by trying out different combinations from around the world. Here are just a few classics to consider.
- At a traditional British pub, pork scratchings – known elsewhere as pork rinds – are a firm favourite. Roasted and deep-fried in pork fat, then seasoned to match your taste, the salty flavour and crunch of a good pork scratching is the perfect savoury counterpoint to a bitter pale ale or dry stout.
In Thailand, they take the pork scratching to the extreme. The local equivalent, Khaep Mu, is often served with chilli paste for added kick – best to have a cold one on hand, but keep the beer a little sweeter and less bitter for an oriental taste.
Cheese is often thought of as a natural accompaniment for a glass of wine, but beer can actually go better. The bitter hoppy notes bring out the best in any cheese, but if you’ve picked one with a strong flavour a dark beer is most suitable.