Not too long ago, I had my good friend, Local Hy-Vee stores‘ Chef Marty Lowry, on my show to discuss food and beer pairing. We’ve done this a few times together, but this time we started discussing how beer and food pairing is inherently subjective and open to interpretation.
While there is science involved in pairing food with beer, it is largely an art form. As such, we decided to illustrate this concept by holding an experiment where we would have two people independently develop a menu based on a four-beer selection I make.
First, however, we needed another person. For that other menu, Marty and I decided to turn to food blogger and amateur chef Frank Reiter of Frank about Food.
Once Frank agreed (it did not take any arm-twisting, I assure you), I decided the challenge would be to pair the four beers I chose with a Memorial Day grilling theme.
I will post one beer with one course from each participant each day for the rest of the week. For each course, comment with which one you like best. We’d like to know which approach you think works best.
Next week, we’ll tally up the comments voting for each one and announce the winner by round. It’s not really a competition, but I think it will be interesting to see how it pans out.