Beer Match: The Ideal Wines for Beer Lovers
For beer lovers, the best way to unwind after a particularly long day is with a cold glass of brew (or brewskies). Drinkers from all over the world and from all walks of life enjoy this widely popular drink. And rightfully so. After all, few things in this world are as gratifying as partaking this yeast-fermented malt-flavored drink in the company of good friends or great chow.
Now, more often than not, beer drinkers are extremely loyal to their choice of brewsky. It’s hard enough to get the staunch brew crew to switch brands. Imagine trying to persuade them to try wine for a change. It’s a good thing the wine world has an array of vino counterparts that beer drinkers could consider.
For Pale Ale, Go for Pinot Noir or Zinfandel
Pale Ales are among the most popular beers in the world. Why? Because whatever the season or occasion, Pale Ales are refreshing and perfect for a touch of casual drinking. These crisp and well-balanced beers shine best when paired with a nice spread of grilled meat.
Given the brew’s qualities, Pale Ale drinkers will probably enjoy the subtlety and softness of light reds. Think Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. These wines are on the lighter side of the red wine spectrum. Like the amber nectar (we’re talking about beer), these vinos are flavorsome without being overly bitter.
Another point for Pinots and Zins is that their fruit-forward variants also go well with a myriad of meaty and barbecued dishes. So if your buddies like to sip Pale Ale while munching on grilled grub, get them to try a glass of light red wine to enjoy the food as well.
For Wheat Ale, Think Chardonnay
Apart from its signature sweetness, Wheat Ale is known for its rich and creamy texture. The golden nectar rolls smoothly on the tongue like silk. When it comes to flavor, it has a punchy hint of fruit that goes stunningly well with its fizz-filled body. Now, some beer drinkers also like adding a hint of lemon zest to their booze for a refreshing touch of citrus. Whether or not there’s an added kick of lemon in the brew, Wheat Ale generally goes with piquant and flavorful dishes. If you’re thinking of the perfect alternative to wheat ale, Chardonnay will fill the bill.
To describe Chardonnay, we’re going to have to parrot some of the characteristics of Wheat Ale. Like the amber nectar, the oaked version of this fruity white is sweet, light, and has a rather creamy texture. Notes of lemon and tropical fruit bring vibrancy and character to this wine.
The similarities between both drinks’ flavors, food pairing profiles, and textures are rather striking. It also indicates that when it comes to wine alternatives for Wheat Ale drinkers, nothing tops a cold glass of oaked Chardonnay.
For Stout, Try Cabernet Sauvignon or Oaked Chardonnay
Stout, as its name suggests, is a brew that has a thick mouthfeel, a chubby base, and a robustly toasty taste. Its rich flavors are punctuated by hints of roasted coffee, chocolate, and the occasional presence of warm spices. This beer goes spectacularly well with grilled meat. When it comes to finding a wine substitute for Stout, the key is to look for a bold vino. And interestingly, all of it leads to red wines.
If we were to go for a vino that exemplifies the character of Stout, the first red wine that comes to mind is Cabernet Sauvignon. Like the popular brew, Cab is known for its strong smoky and spice-laden flavors and silky texture. Its hints of chocolate, tobacco smoke, and espresso mimic the multilayered tastes of Stout; it makes this red an excellent stand-in for one of Europe’s most famous brews.
For beer lovers who prefer white wine, they must sample an oaked Chardonnay. Admittedly, this white wine isn’t as bold as your standard red, however, what it lacks in robustness, it makes up for in complexity. Its mouthwatering hints of coconut, toast, and vanilla are strong enough to entice the most ardent of Stout lovers.
For Light Lager or Pilsner, Consider Champagne or Cava
As far as light beer drinkers are concerned, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a pint of Pilsner. This golden libation is light, dry, and definitely clean-tasting. When it comes to composition and flavor, it’s a lot like Champagne. While some of you may find this odd, we’ve found out that Champagne lovers also gravitate toward Pilsner when offered a beer.
But here’s the rub. The only downside to replacing Pilsners with champers is that quality bubblies don’t come cheap. So if a daily supply of Champagne is out of your beer buddy’s budget, get him/her to shift to Cava instead. This Spanish sparkling wine is always a great replacement for champers, and works beautifully as a proxy for Pilsners.
Now that we’ve established a connection between beer drinkers and wine enthusiasts, it’s time to toast to alcoholic diversity. Cheers!