Working later hours can only mean one thing: take-out food! Can I get an "Amen"!?
I find it very comforting knowing when I get home, I can turn on the TV, pop open a beer, and instantly have dinner in my hands and ready to eat!
[ Hmmm...either I sound 30 years old or a middle-aged man.... ]
Sometimes the struggle is real.
Pouring a straw-gold color, the initial sip is a kick to the jaw because it is tart and ready to party! The following tastes reveal notes of lemon rind, key lime, and white grape. Following that are flavors of eucalyptus and salt, finishing crisp and refreshing. At 4% abv, this beer has "porch pounder" written all over it!
Now on to the real mission....what food will pair with this tasty libation?
This glorious dish is called "Chirashi" which is basically an assortment of fish on top of a bed of sticky rice. An undone sushi roll of sorts!
My initial thought on pairing anything tart or sour (other than the obvious desserts) is always seafood. Seafood contains a natural sweetness that provides an appropriate contrast to the tart flavors of certain beers. In this case, the citrusy bright flavors of the beer will add an element of freshness while providing an elegant texture due to the higher level of carbonation. Compliment and contrast are key!
This was one of my favorite pairings to date. The Chirashi provided an element of freshness, the Pad Thai provided the savory elements, and the beer was crisp and refreshing!
The mission was Gose. I came, I conquered, I GOSED.
Ok, that doesn't work. But now you have your own mission: find yourself some Gose.
Challenge: accepted? I hope so.
And if you're ever in Franklin, TN, swing by Zushimaki. You won't regret it.
Prost, freaks! -Lana
Welcome to my blog! I want to show the world a simple meal paired with craft beer can elevate their dining experience to unique levels. Cheers!