Tacos and beer are one of the best combos to enjoy on a warm day with good friends and family. Most people enjoy a Corona or Dos Equis with such meat filled delights, but the flavor with such a pairing doesn’t cut it once you’ve had craft beer that really brings out the best of each bite of the taco. Taking a look at another world of beer that will enlighten your senses and make you think twice next time you go to grab a bland brew. It’s time to come out of normality and enter into extraordinary.
Negra Modelo: Munich Dunkel Style Lager- An easy to come by lager that is usually found at almost every mexican food restaurant and yet a lot of times overlooked by the see through liquids of other popular lagers such as Corona, Coors Light and Dos Equis. This brew is simple, but complex in flavor. With roasted malts, toasty and caramel flavors overtaking the palates, it’s safe to say that this is an excellent pairing when it comes to meat filled tacos. The rich, bold flavors of this brew really bring out the bold, meaty flavors packed in the taco with a finished balance of slight caramel sweetness. Next time you’re at your favorite taco place, go ahead and grab a Negra Modelo and be empowered.
Stone Brewing Company: Smoked Porter- This brew is one that will more than likely not be found at your local taco shack, but when it comes to home cooking, this brew will pair you up real nice. A smoky campfire aroma with smoky, toasty and roasted coffee flavors with a slight chocolate finish will all enhance the flavor of your tacos. The smoky flavors blend with the meat well while emboldening the overall taste and finishing with a slight sweetness from the chocolate notes, giving an overall delicious flavor to your entire meal. Next time you are cooking tacos at home, stop by and pick up a big boy bottle of Stone Brewing Company’s Smoked Porter and delve into the smoke filled unknown.
B-52 Brewing Company: Double IPA- Go big or go home is a statement used for an imperial ipa. A Texas brew standing tall at 8.8% alcohol and an IBU rate of 100+, it is sure to tickle your palates and awaken your senses. This brew is set to cut through any fat in the meat while really bringing out the seasoning within the meat itself and give a clean, crisp finish. Not a strong toasted malt flavor as the preceding brews above, but has an amber tint with a bready character, herbal and citrus hop flavors that will bring out an entirely different side of a taco that you’ve never seen before. Grab a bottle of this bad boy and see what it means to truly be a hop head while eating away at your homemade tacos.
Three brews that are going to enhance the flavor of your tacos and at the same time allow you to sip and savor instead of gulp and gag. Try something new and different today and enter a whole new realm of brew and mexican food pairing and you won’t be disappointed. Adios and cheers!