The day of love is drawing near...
Impress your loved one this year with a beer and food pairing straight from the heart! I've chosen 5 unique beers that have a Valentine's flair that's sure to sweep your significant other off their feet!
Ballast Point Nitro Red Velvet
Start your evening with this sexy Red Velvet Oatmeal Stout from Ballast Point. At 5.5% abv, this gorgeous beer gets its color from the addition of beets and smoothness from the nitro bubbles. Chocolate gives this beer a cocoa powder taste without the sweetness. Pair this one with goat cheese or get funkier with bleu!
Paradox Passion of the Fruit
This one is for my sour beer lovers out there! Tart and bursting with mouth watering flavors of passion fruit, this mouth puckering delight clocks in at 8.2% abv! It has also been aged in wine barrels, so there is a touch of oak on the finish making this a versatile beer for food. Pair it with seafood such as halibut, sea bass, mussels or peel and eat shrimp!
Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad
I have to show some love for the Belgian beers out there! From the brewery:
This 11% ABV beer pours a chestnut brown with an off-white head. A warming aroma of chocolate and coffee are countered by nuanced flavors of toffee and dried fruits. The mouthfeel is rich and silky like melted chocolate which truly rounds out the entire drinking experience. Considering the ABV and predominant flavors of chocolate and coffee this quadruple is unique, yet remarkably well balanced.
I have not had this one personally, but after reading the description, I absolutely will be taking a bottle home for V-Day. This would be a great food pairing for ribeye or filet mignon! It would also be a great dessert pairing.....try it with chocolate covered strawberries!
Embrace The Funk Trio
Another beer for my friends who like to get funky!
Introducing "Trio" - A Brettanomyces fermented red ale with Raspberries aged in Tennessee red wine barrels that once held Tennessee Whiskey. 7.7% and 18 IBUs. Bright and balanced fruity funky charred oakiness.-Yazoo
Beer, wine, whiskey, fruit....yes, please! I can see a lot of pairings with this one: before dinner with goat cheese, pistachios and figs; for dinner, a pork tenderloin with a cherry compote; after dinner on its own or paired with a chocolate dessert. OR if you're like my boy Garrett Oliver (or like the French, really), save the cheese plate for dessert.
New Heights Raspberry Navel Gazer
We all know New Height's Navel Gazer is an incredible Imperial Stout. Here are the notes from the brewery:
Pitch black with notes of toasty sweet malt, this decadent Imperial Stout has a thick, brown head with delicate lacing, toasty malt aroma, and a silky smooth mouth feel. At 9.25%, Navel Gazer will have you nodding your head if you let it.
They do several variants and the latest is raspberry! Just in time for V-Day, there's no doubt this beer would make an awesome pairing with a NY strip or as an after dinner pairing. Draft only at Red Dog (coming soon!).
I hope that gave you a few ideas!
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