Finalizing your Valentine’s Day menu? Why not pair with beer? With so many varieties on the market today — sweet, crisp, spicy, even funky flavors — you may find more flexibility by pairing your meal with beer rather than wine. Our Asheville, North Carolina and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina store both feature Vintopia — a section of our store stocked with local craft beers & wines to help complete your entertaining needs!
Beer lovers, here are some of our favorite pairings you should consider for your Valentine’s Day (or any day, really!).
Pair with Seafood
We love this Westbrook Gose (pronounced like “rose” plus “uh”) for pairing with seafood like oysters. A Gose style beer is a sour and slightly salty ale with floral notes like coriander and fruity notes like apricot – perfect for pairing with slightly sweet and salty oysters.
This Gose, while not always available due to it’s rotating schedule, is currently available at both Vintopia locations.
Pair with Spicy
If you’re serving up something spicy, like pasta arrabbiata (it literally means “angry” in Italian), we’d recommend the Holy City Overly Friendly IPA. The almost overwhelming hops and citrus notes will cut through any amount of spice – the spicier, the better. The name itself is a good fit for Valentine’s Day too.
Pair with Key Lime Pie
A classic Southern dessert, deserves a classic Southern beer. Pair your citrusy Key Lime pie with the Palmetto Pale Ale for a totally refreshing after-dinner treat. Palmetto Brewing Company calls this a “go to” beer – and we agree. It’s hoppy nose is balanced by delicate malts, a great compliment to a citrusy dessert.
If you’re in the Asheville or Mt. Pleasant area:
Get directions to your nearest store grab some kitchen tools to whip up a delicious Valentine’s day dinner for your sweetheart & don’t forget the beer (or wine!) to go with it.
For those of you in other areas:
Check out beer tools on our online store – we can’t mail you beer, but we sure can help you open one!