Industry experts share their insights into matching food with drinks by giving real-world examples of dishes and the beverages that they serve with them.
The dish: Short-rib sliders — beef braised in soy sauce and India pale ale seasoned with ginger and star anise, pulled and served on miniature buns, three for $12
The beer: Monday Night Eye Patch Ale, $4
The pairing: The beer, made with Cascade and Magnum hops and an earthy malt, has an umami character that really pulls out the flavor of the beef.
Beer tasting notes: This medium amber-colored IPA has a slightly elevated alcohol content of 6.2 percent, but it’s refreshing enough that you could drink it during the summer as well as in colder weather.
More about the beer: Monday Night Brewing is a local Atlanta-based company that brews beer intended for drinking on the weeknights — hence the name — and enjoying with food. The company actually grew out of a Bible study group whose members brewed together on Monday nights as a way to get to know each other better.
This story has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: May 13, 2014 An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the paired beer. It is Eye Patch Ale.
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