Guide to Beer Pairings
Love getting together with friends and family and popping open a few of your favorite beers? Looking for the perfect snack to share at your next party? Hickory Farms team member Shaun Ely helped us gather some tasty recommendations for pairing our meat and cheese with beer to make delicious combinations all year long.
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Choose your favorites or try something new! There’s no wrong way to enjoy gourmet sausage and cheese with beer. Our quick guide can help get inspired.
Farmhouse Cheddar + Pilsner
Subtle lighter flavors pair well with a lighter beer. Pilsner is light enough so it won’t overpower a lightly flavored cheese, and the malty sweetness balances the slight acidity this cheese has. Try: Prima Pils by Victory Brewing Company, Tiny Bomb by Wiseacre Brewing Co., Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewery, Summerfest by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Smoked Cheddar Blend + Pale Ale
The slight bitterness of the beer will enhance the smoke flavor of the cheese and balance out the creamy texture. Try: Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Co., Dales Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery, Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale by Sweetwater Brewing Company.
Smoked Gouda + Weissbier
The citrus notes in a good Weiss beer (wheat beer) help to balance the dry and nutty flavors in a young smoked gouda. Try: Deesko! by Three Floyds Brewing Co., Blueberry Berliner Weisse by White Birch Brewing, Oarsman Ale by Bell’s Brewery.
Jalapeno & Cheddar Blend + IPA
An IPA’s hoppy bitterness amplifies the spice, while the carbonation helps cut through the cheese’s creamy fat. Try: Pseudo Sue by Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Son of Juice by Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, Anti Hero by Revolution Brewing.
Signature Beef Summer Sausage + Pilsner
This classic combination allows the rich flavor of the sausage and dry maltiness of the beer to shine through. Try: Pils by Lagunitas Brewing Company, Pivo Pils by Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Pilsner Urquell by Pilsner Urquell Brewery.
Spicy Beef Summer Sausage + Traditional Lager
The hoppy bitterness amplifies the spice of the sausage, while the smooth finish of the beer cools the heat. Try: Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing, Narragansett Lager by Narragansett Beer, Yuengling Traditional Lager by Yuengling.
Turkey Summer Sausage + Cream Ale
Cream ales are a blend of lager and ale, and this blend allows for a hoppy and malty finish that balances the sweetness of the honey and brown sugar in the turkey sausage. Try: Sweet Action by Sixpoint Brewery, Spotted Cow by New Glarus Brewing, Sunlight Cream Ale by Sun King Brewery, Cinnamon Beer-D Os by Pipeworks Brewing Co.
Dry Salami + Saison
The light, fruity taste of Saison pairs nicely with cured and smoked meats, and the fizzy finish helps to cleanse your palate. Try: Sofie by Goose Island Beer Co., Rabbid Rabbit by Three Floyds Brewing Co., Apex Predator by Off Color Brewing.
Three Pepper Dry Salami + Belgian Pale Ale
The beer brings the peppery flavor front and center and mellows out the fatty mouthfeel of the salami. Try: Matilda by Goose Island Beer Co., Orval by Brasserie d’Orval, A Little Crazy by Revolution Brewing.