We love beer and try to serve it with appetizers and dinner whenever possible, but that can be a difficult endeavor if you’re not familiar with the taste profile of every beer. How do you know what beer and food pairings to make, unless you try them all together?
Well, we know that no one has time for that, so we’re making it a little easier for you today by laying out some of our favorite beer and food pairings that you can use to create a perfect party spread, or just to spice up your afternoon.
These appetizers have been selected from fellow food bloggers who have crafted incredible recipes you definitely have to try. Click through the link below each for the full recipe. You’ll find a beer pairing or two linked to each below.
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Appetizers That Pair Well With Beer
Chicken Biscuits with Maple Butter Sauce
This Chicken and Biscuits appetizer bundles crispy, flavorful chicken bites with mini biscuits suitable for dipping in a buttery sweet dip.
Pair this dish with an Amber or Red Ale. The dry and crisp finish on an amber or red ale is excellent for cleansing your palate when eating fried foods. The medium body and light caramel flavors pair well with chicken.
Baked Figs with Goat Cheese • Happy Kitchen
These easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese appetizers have walnuts, honey and sage in the recipe to boost flavor and texture. These roasted figs make for an easy appetizer your guests will love.
Pair this appetizer with a Hefeweizen, which is great with lighter foods and pairs well with goat cheese.
Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites
Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites are made with mayonnaise and have a flaky crust and a creamy and healthy spinach artichoke center.
Pair this appetizer with a Witbier or a blonde ale. The light velvety mouthfeel and crisp, clean finish will help cut through the rich creaminess of the dip without overpowering the delicate spinach flavor.
Louisiana Crab Puffs
Add a bit of elegance to your party with these delicious Louisiana Crab Puffs. They are savory bites of crabmeat and cheese nestled in a bite-size puff pastry.
Pair this appetizer with a Pilsner. This light beer has a citrusy zest and bitterness from plenty of hops, making it a perfect combination for crab cakes and all seafoods, especially with a buttery element.
Bacon Wrapped Small Potatoes (Crispy & Gluten-free)
These bacon-wrapped small potatoes are tasty, flavorful, tender and soft inside, perfectly toasted, and crisp outside. They are marinated in coconut cream parsley pesto, wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection
Pilsners are just hopped enough so the bitterness of the beer and saltiness of the bacon go hand in hand.
Tarte Au Soleil with Pesto
This wonderful cocktail nibble is as beautiful as it is delicious! A French Tarte au Soleil is puff pastry filled with pesto, and twisted into the form of a sun. It always disappears in minutes and gets raves reviews.
You can pair pesto with a strong golden ale or hopped beer, like a pale ale. The herbal flavor aligns well with lightly hopped beers that add a slightly bitter note to break through the richness of the pastry.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
This flavorful dip is so creamy and delicious, made with cream cheese, shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, blue cheese and shredded mozzarella.
American pale ales and IPAs have both strong hop and bitter flavors, that enhance the richness of the creamy dip, but also cut the saltiness of the buffalo sauce.
Loaded Baked Potato Dip (yes there's bacon!)
This loaded baked potato dip is an awesome upgrade from your standard party dip, with all the toppings you love to heap onto a baked potato, like cheese, sour cream and bacon.
Pilsners are just hopped enough to cut through the saltiness of the bacon. A Porter or a hoppy Black Ale balances the richness and strong flavors and allows for a complex finish.
Sausage Crescent Roll Bites
These Sausage Crescent Roll Bites are a perfect party food. Who doesn't love little bites of savory sausage wrapped in golden crescent roll pastry?
The intensity of the pork fat stands up to a strong beer, so plan to pair these sausage bites with an Oktoberfest, Märzen beer, or a Belgium-style dubbel.
Gruyere, Sage & Prosciutto Puff Pastry Twists
These Super easy puff pastry twists are stuffed with sage and gruyere cheese, and wrapped in prosciutto. They're crisp and flaky and pair perfectly with beer.
This appetizer pairs well with a Belgian witbier, IPA, or Belgian tripel. It also goes well with a wheat beer or blonde ale.
Greek Lamb Meatballs Appetizer
These authentic lamb meatballs are one of my favorite party appetizers! They are moist, juicy and packed with Greek seasonings. Serve them with mini toothpicks and a creamy tzatziki sauce, and your guests will be raving.
This appetizer pairs deliciously with a lager. The smooth, malty flavor complements the richness of the meat and yogurt sauce.
Chicken Drumstick Lollipops With Sesame Ginger Glaze
These Chicken Drumstick Lollipops are a fun way to serve wings to your guests so they're easy to eat and don't make a mess. Make these as an appetizer or a fancy hors d'oeuvre and guests will be raving!
These lollipops pair well with a Brown Ale, which complements the roastiness of the chicken while the fat neutralizes the hoppy bitterness of the beer.
Crispy Coconut Panko Fried Shrimp
These delicious golden Fried Shrimp made with panko crumbs and coconut flakes are an easy crowd pleasing appetizer for any occasion. They are shrimply amazing!
Pair this appetizer with a Belgian-Style Saison or a German-Style Hefeweizen which bring out the salinity and natural sweetness in the shrimp, while cleansing the palate.
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
These air fryer jalapeno poppers are quick, easy, and super tasty! These perfect little appetizers are simple to make in the air fryer.
Pair these jalapeno poppers with an oatmeal stout, a dark lager, dunkel, or schwarzbier, all which have maltiness and richness that helps neutralize the heat.
BBQ Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
These BBQ Pulled Pork Egg Rolls are packed with delicious pulled pork, tangy bbq sauce, and crispy coleslaw, rolled in an egg roll wrapper, and deep fried until crispy.
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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.
6 thoughts on “10 Perfect Beer & Food Pairings to Try”
Bacon wrapped potatoes sound amazing. I can’t wait to give those a try.
So many gorgeous things to eat there, and the beer pairings sound just perfect.
Wow this collection is so beautiful and perfect for my guests this weekend! Will be trying few recipes from here for sure 🙂
This is such a great collection. I’m already making a shopping list to try a few of these
I would devour them all but the crab puffs caught my attention the most so they are first on my to-make list!
Oh man, everything looks so fancy! I want to try the chicken biscuits and spinach bites, they seem to be the easiest to do. The fancy pesto tart looks so pretty and delicious but it looks like it is best for intermediate cooking skills.hehe