A burger and beer make a great duo. Imagine a sweet and salty topped burger paired with a yummy saison. At the Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, CO I encountered a burger topped with peanut butter, blue cheese, and bacon. Yes, you heard me right! The creaminess of the peanut butter balances the salty pungent blue cheese and well, the bacon is just salty goodness! After making some beer candied bacon and my brother’s suggestion of a burger night, it was time for a homemade replicate.
This unique burger needed a unique pairing to compliment and balance the flavors. Finding the right beer took some time. I wanted a brew with a lighter body and full flavor to hold its own against this burger. A fruity saison or berliner weisse were the two styles I was exploring. I decided on the Tarte Apricot Saison aged in Chardonnay Barrels by Nebraska Brewing. The typical fruity and spicy notes of saisons seemed fitting and I thought the flavors in this beer paired nicely. It was much different than your typical burger and pale ale pairing…This burger screams different 🙂
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