What Beer Should I Order with Pork Belly?

Greetings, West Texas beer lovers!

The time is almost upon us: Six Car Pub & Brewery will be opening its doors next month. We hope you’re as thrilled as we are! But, before we get up and running, we figured it would only be fair to provide a quick primer on how to order the right beer for a given dish. So, without further ado, we present…

The Six Car Guide to Pairing Beers with Food

First, the big question: Should you choose your beer first, then order a dish to match? Or the other way around? There’s no right answer—do whatever you feel. Often, it makes sense to choose a beer based on the season or the environment. Bright, crisp beers go down better outdoors on sunny days (like on Six Car’s rooftop deck this summer!), and a roasty, dark porter will serve you well on a cold winter’s night. But, if you want to drink a dark beer on a summer afternoon—a German-style bock, for example—then you do you. At Six Car, we believe in the power of personal choice.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, what should you order with a given entrée? The general rule is, the richer the dish, the heavier the beer you’ll want. So, for example, with a cheeseburger you’ll want to order the aforementioned porter or bock—what a cozy meal on a chilly winter evening! On a bright spring day, you might go for a fish dish. In that case you’ll something spicy or fruity, like a pilsner or a hefeweizen. And what about that pork belly? You’ll want something with a strong flavor, to go up against the fat in the belly. A tart IPA would be good, or even an Cascadian dark ale. 

For those of you thinking, This is confusing! I just want to drink beer and eat! Don’t fret, we’ll have an expert staff on hand to lead you through the thickets of beer pairing. 

We can’t wait to see you this May at Six Car.

Cheers,

The Six Car Crew