The dish: Deschutes Black Butte Porter braised short ribs with carrot mousseline, heirloom carrots and IPA-battered onion rings, $29
The beer: Deschuttes Black Butter Porter, Deschutes Brewing Company, Bend, Ore., $8
The pairing: Braising the ribs in the beer not only makes them extremely tender, but it brings out all the flavors of the meat and jus. Pairing the beef with the beer it was braised in enhances that effect.
Beer-tasting notes: This beer has a slight hop bitterness up front, with a distinctive chocolate undertone and a roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouth feel and intense complex flavors.