Last evening, we gathered at Tibor and Nicole’s for the next round of Beer and Food Pairings. We focused on beers from the British Isles and Nicole made some UK-inspired dishes of spice Beer Nuts, Fish & Chips with Slaw, and Bananas Foster for desert using Stroh Austria Rum for flambé. I brought over some cheeses of Fontina, Applewood Smoked Cheddar and Cantelet. For the beer, I brought over Fuller’s London Pride & Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Chris brought Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2009 & Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter, Dennis brought over Tetley’s English Ale & Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, and Tibor had Murphy’s Irish Stout and Boddingtons Pub Ale. These were all very tasty and very drinkable. I would not hesitate to try any of these again and it is a real tribute to the Brewers of these beers that they make it to the U.S. in very good condition. With the exception of Fuller’s Vintage Ale – 2009, none of these are meant to be aged, all tasted very good. Below are some of the pictures I took during the evening. The fish (cod) was cooked to perfection and the Bananas Foster cooked in 160-proof Stroh Austrian Rum was a highlight. We paired the Porter and the Vintage Ale with Bananas Foster and the pairing was very good. I thought the Porter paired better than the Vintage Ale. The next meeting we will cover Mexican food – still deciding on the bee.
Tetley’s English Ale (3.6% ABV) is an English Pale Ale.
Fuller’s London Pride (4.7% ABV) is an English Pale Ale.
Fish & Chips with Slaw – Fish cooked to perfection – Bravo Nicole – slaw was excellent.
Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter (5% ABV) is an English Porter.
Bananas Foster – Flame ON.
Fuller’s Vintage Ale – 2009 (8.5% ABV) is an Old Ale.