Throwing a party this holiday season? Bushwick charcuterie, beer and provisions shop Hops and Hocks has some great tips on pairing charcuterie and beer.
Hops and Hocks opened in November 2013 and is committed to thoughtfully sourcing quality products. Owner Blake Jordan is knowledgeable about the craft beer scene and maintains 20 rotating taps. He believes that beer is an excellent choice to pair with charcuterie because beer is food friendly and offers a wide range of tasting notes – from tropical fruit to caramel.
Swing by Hops and Hocks to purchase a few growlers of craft beer along with some delicious charcuterie for your next party. Jordan believes that you shouldn’t overthink charcuterie and beer pairings. Have fun and make up your own rules. The holidays should be spent sharing the pleasure of good food and drink with good company. Try the following six beer and charcuterie pairings for a party hit!
1) Brooklyn Dog by Thirsty Dog and Brooklyn Brewery with Speck from Alto Adige
Brooklyn Dog is a collaboration between Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and Brooklyn Brewery. This traditional saison is very fruity in the aroma and flavor. The smokey flavor of the speck can stand up to the saison’s earthy yeast tones, mild tartness and semi-dry finish.
2) Fluffer by Kuhnhenn with Kentucky Country Ham from Broadbent
Kuhnhenn’s Fluffer is a West Coast IPA made to be a session IPA. This beer is very light gold in color with an intensely hopped nose. It has a high citrus hop flavor with a dry crisp aftertaste. The smoke of the country ham can stand up to the IPA bite and allows the fruit flavor to come through from the beer.
3) Penn Dark by Penn Brewing with Beef Cervelat from Schaller and Weber
Munich and various roasted malts give Penn Brewing’s Penn Dark a very malty, rich flavor with a hint of burnt flavor. The rich flavor of this beer highlights the sweet and tangy flavors from the beef cervelat.
4) Suspect by Speakeasy with Hot Soppressata from Salumeria Biellese
Speakeasy’s Suspect is a strong Belgian Golden Ale with tropical fruit flavors. These fruit flavors will compliment the spice and tang from the hot soppressata.
5) Quadraceratops by Brooklyn Brewery with Mousse de Foie Gras sourced from Bella Bella
Brooklyn Brewery’s Quadraceratops is a strong dark abbey ale in the Quadruppel style, complex and fruity without being overwhelming. This boozy, dessert-like beer pairs nicely with the richness and creaminess of the mousse de foie gras.
6) Void of Light by Gun Hill Brewery with Kulen from Ridgewood Pork Store and Chorizo Seco by Charlito’s Cocina
Void of Light by Gun Hill Brewery has a pitch-black color with a cocoa-espresso aroma and flavor derived from roasted barley. This beer’s roasted chocolatey flavor compliments the earthy and tangy flavors from both the kulen and chorizo seco.