Are you hosting Christmas dinner this year? Not sure which beers to serve with what food?
First things first - the Christmas ham. A fruity, robust APA will provide a delicious contrast to the saltiness and smoky overtones of a glazed, baked ham.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a roast turkey. With the rich flavours of its dark meat, and golden, caramelised skin your turkey can stand up to a beer with plenty of personality. Choose a well-balanced IPA with citrus notes to enhance savoury flavours and help offset the richness.
An IPA also works well with those melt-in-your-mouth new potatoes smothered in butter and herbs. The carbonation will 'cut through' the fattiness of the butter, while delicate hops will complement the earthy taste of the potatoes. Don't go super hoppy though or the beer may dominate too much.
How many desserts are you planning? We are having three this year! Yum. A rich, fruity Christmas pudding is perfect to serve with a stout. Of course we recommend Tinker Tailor American Stout. The dark, and slightly bitter flavour will contrast pleasingly with the sweetness of sticky, dried fruit. A hint of aromatic coffee will complement fragrant, festive spices.
A Vienna Lager is the ideal accompaniment for Christmas mince pies. The malty, caramel flavours and crisp finish are a great match to buttery pastry, as well as delicately-spiced, fruit mince.
If you are finishing with a cheese board (instead of dessert, or as well as!) then we recommend Tinker Tailor Black IPA. It works extremely well as a contrast to sharp, hard, or salty cheeses like smoked gouda. For softer cheeses like brie, a pale ale would be a good choice.
Merry Christmas and Hoppy Holidays!