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There's a Beer for That: Beer & Food Pairfection

The goal: Beer and food pairfection. Learn more about which dishes pair best with which beers and then test our knowledge with a short, interactive quiz! 

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes 

Creating a strong beer and food pairing menu can significantly boost revenue in your venue and offer customers an elevated experience. When it comes to pairing, it’s no surprise that it all starts with taste.

When we taste, our palate experiences one of three sensations:

  • Flavour
  • Aroma
  • Mouthfeel

The sensation then helps our brain decide what the food tastes like, and categorises it into seven taste sensations, see below with examples:

  • Sweet: Chocolate, Caramel or Almond Milk
  • Sour: Lemon, Yoghurt or Kimchi
  • Salty: Oysters, Parmesan or Salt Fish
  • Bitter: Coffee, Spinach or Beans and peas
  • Pungent: Chilli, Garlic or Buckwheat
  • Fatty: Cheese, Cream or Butter
  • Umami: Burgers, Tomato or Mushroom

These taste sensations are the perfect starting point for identifying which beers should be paired with which dishes.

Watch this video to learn which dishes our Guinness experts’ pair with their beers and more importantly, why!

Watch Now: Beer and Food Pairings To Add To Your Menu


Got your beer and food pairings sussed? Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test.

Key Takeaways

  • Our palates experience one of three sensations: flavour, aroma and mouthfeel. 
  • Our brain categorises taste into seven sensations: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, fatty and umami. 

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