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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.