I Tried It: Beer, (Veggie) Bacon, & Blue Cheese Potato Salad

You can get the entire Beeroness recipe here, but the main ingredients are (duh) bacon, red potatoes, blue cheese, and beer, specifically IPA. Since I had just gotten my Chicago beer supply restocked (and because I wanted an excuse to open it), I used Space Station Middle Finger from Three Floyds. And yes, I know, I know - Space Station Middle Finger is technically a Pale Ale, but c'mon.

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I Tried It: Beer & Cheese Pairing

If you’re curious about pairing beer with food, I think it’s helpful to start out on a smaller scale with something like a beer and cheese pairing because the legwork of figuring out what pairs well with what is already done for you. It’s helpful to break down the flavor components of the beer and the cheese, which I did in a PowerPoint (I can’t un-nerd myself, even when I’m doing things for fun), so that you understand the why behind the pairings, but there is no guesswork involved. It’s like coloring in a coloring book rather than picking up a paintbrush and expecting to be the next Monet.

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I Tried It: Beer Pairing by Julia Herz and Gwen Conley

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros by Julia Herz and Gwen Conley is a book about, unsurprisingly, pairing beer and food. Beer Pairing walks its readers through the basics of beer, perception, and tasting, and then moves onto providing detailed instructions for which beers pair the best with which foods and why.

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