The Beer Boutique


When life hands you lemons, make Lemonade. So goes the old adage. But what happens when life hands you four live lobster and a dozen oysters? Maybe you’re planning to serve this delicious maritime banquet with an oaky Chardonnay? Or maybe you've arrived home on Friday evening with a well-deserved greasy fish supper and are thinking of cracking open some other bottle of mediocre corner shop plonk.


Well, at The Beer Boutique we think as far as matching drinks to food, our beers provide far superior options white. And where seafood is concerned, we think we've got five delicious brews in particular that would go with whatever fishy feast you are cooking up.


1)      Sambrook’s Pale Ale

First up we have a classic pale ale from one of our favourite local breweries Sambrook’s. It is a thing of beauty on its own but when you pop the top and set it alongside a long, battered piece of haddock and chips then you’re in for a bit of a beergasm. Four varieties of premium hop and Maris Otter Pale Malt team up with a finish so zesty and citrusy that the slice of lemon you thought you needed to squeeze on your dinner now looks about as redundant as Mitt Romney’s campaign manager.


2)      Troubadour Blond

A flavoursome tripel from an up and coming brewing partnership, Troubadour’s Belgian Blond packs ripe banana, spicy malts and aromatic lemongrass into every mouthful. Butterscotch gold in colour and topped with a fluffy white head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, pair this mighty Belgian favourite with pan fried, chilli and lime, tiger prawns or five spiced salmon with Asian greens.


3)      Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

With its hazy, deep orange pour and smooth white head, Weihenstephaner has the first and last word in Hefeweissbier for many. With a slightly grassy and heavy citrus suggestion, you’ll be thanking us when you serve it next to a fat oven baked sea bass or bream and a plate full of steaming veg. Or even try it with grilled sardines or mackerel and feel it cutting through all those delicious omega 3 oils. A perfect way to accompany what many consider to be the perfect German wheat beer


4)      St. Austell Admirals Ale

A homage to the south west and all it has to offer, St. Austell use Cornish Malt, Styrian Golding and Cascade hops to great effect in this traditional British bitter. A smoked fish pie suits this deliciously rich and spicy smelling beer to a fault. And if you are feeling adventurous, splash a  glass of the Admiral’s finest in with some butter and flour to help thicken it up before adding milk gradually. Your pie’sbéchamel sauce just got a beery kick in the pants. You’re welcome.


5)      Chalky’s Bite

Made at the request of the great Rick Stein, Chalky’s bite is a beer that can stand alongside the strongest fishy flavours and still hold its own. With subtle notes of aniseed from Cornish fennel and a triple fermentation with two types of yeast, this is a beer fit for the King of Seafood himself. And its even named after his dog. Pair with mullet, spicy monkish curries and any type of shell fish and make the day's catch taste all the better.  



Written by The Beer Boutique — September 30, 2013



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