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.

Guide to Beer Pairing Infographic
GUIDE TO
BEER PAIRINGS
Farmhouse
Cheddar
Pilsner
Try
Jalapeño
Cheddar
Blend
IPA
Try
Sweet & Smoky
Turkey Summer
Sausage
Cream Ale
Try
Smoked
Cheddar
Blend
Pale Ale
Try
Signature
Beef Summer
Sausage
Pilsner
Try
Three Pepper
Dry
Salami
Belgian Pale Ale
Try
Smoked
Gouda
Blend
Weissbier
Try
Spicy
Beef Summer
Sausage
Traditional
Lager
Try
Original
Dry
Salami
Saison
Try
Prima Pils
Victory Brewing Company
Tiny Bomb
Wiseacre Brewing Co.
Mama's Little Yella Pils
Oskar Blues Brewery
Summerfest
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Pseudo Sue
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
Son of Juice
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Anti Hero
Revolution Brewing
Sweet Action
Sixpoint Brewery
Spotted Cow
New Glarus Brewing
Sunlight Cream Ale
Sun King Brewery
Cinnamon Beer-D Os
Pipeworks Brewing Co.
Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Zombie Dust
Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Dales Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Brewery
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
Sweetwater Brewing Company
Pils
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Pivo Pils
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Matilda
Goose Island
Orval
Brasserie d'Orval
A Little Crazy
Revolution Brewing
Deesko!
Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Blueberry Berliner Weisse
White Birch Brewing
Oarsman Ale
Bell's Brewery
Anchor Steam beer
Anchor Brewing
Narragansett Lager
Narragansett Beer
Yuengling Traditional Lager
Yuengling
Sofie
Goose Island Beer Co.
Rabbid Rabbit
Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Apex Predator
Off Color Brewing
You can find more delicious snacks to pair with
your favorite beers at
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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.

Beer Pairings

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.

 

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