The sun is shining, and the smell of smoke is lingering in the air, it can only mean one thing – BBQ season has begun! This week, National BBQ week, has got us thinking about which beers really up the BBQ game. So, let’s take a look at our top 5 craft beers that pair perfectly with BBQ!
1. Paulaner Hefeweisse | 4.9% Wheat Beer
This wheat beer has a uniquely crisp and refreshing fruity flavour. Its light banana notes offer a nice contrast to the richness of BBQ.
Pairs perfectly with: Lighter BBQ dishes such as Grilled Vegetable Skewers. Skewer a variety of veg, such as bell peppers, mushrooms, courgettes and tomatoes, then marinate before grilling.
2. Omnipollo Prize PIls | 4.8% Lager
This all-Bavarian lager from the masters at Omnipollo is the perfect accompaniment for BBQ foods. Its balanced flavour profile combines the supreme drinkability of a Helles with the floral flirt of a pilsner. This crisp beer enhances the smoky flavours of grilled meats while providing a refreshing contrast.
Pairs perfectly with: Beer-Braised Bratwurst – Simmer bratwurst sausages in a flavourful beer-based marinade before grilling, to add extra juiciness and flavour.
3. St. Feuillien Triple | 8.5% Tripel
This Belgian Triple is a full-bodied and well-balanced, spicy, blond abbey beer. Its complexity contrasts and enhances the flavours of spicier BBQ dishes, whilst its richness complements grilled pork dishes.
Pairs perfectly with: Dijon Glazed Grilled Pork Chops – Marinade pork chops in a mixture of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic and seasonings before grilling to perfection.
4. Lervig Pils | 4.7% Pilsner
For some, nothing can beat a pilsner as the go-to summer drink to enjoy with a BBQ. Lervig Pilsner is a crisp, refreshing beer that’s easy to drink. With its rich golden body and light airy head, it’s perfect to refresh the palate in between bites of flavourful BBQ.
Pairs perfectly with: Honey Siracha Grilled Chicken – Marinade chicken in a mixture of honey, siracha, garlic and seasonings, before throwing on the Barbie to grill.
5. Pilot Mochaccino Stout | 5.5% Stout
This stout from our Scottish friends at Pilot, was winner of the Bow Bar’s Dark Beer Challenge. It’s a huge-bodied, full-flavoured milk stout, flavoured with coffee roast, raw and roasted organic cocoa nibs and Tahitian vanilla.
Pairs perfectly with: Sticky BBQ Ribs – The stouts' robust and comforting qualities make it an excellent choice to pair with Sticky Ribs, whilst the coffee roast and cocoa nibs enhance the caramelised flavours of the dish.
All sound good? Well, then you should get yourself your very own Beer Merchants BBQ Box! This specially curated box includes a choice of the top craft beers mentioned in this guide.