How often have you visited a bar or restaurant and found yourself presented with a wine list? Today, it is almost unheard of for any quality establishment not to have one. But what about a beer list?
The beer menu, comprising a selection of speciality and craft beers and organised by beer style or country of origin, or even a list of beers paired with dishes on the main food menu, has a vast number of advantages.
These include allowing the drinker to experiment with new flavours and aromas, to try new beer and food pairings, and to allow a dinner party to each sample different beers, rather than share a bottle of wine, as is so frequently done in restaurants. Nonetheless, offering beer menus and recommendations of the best speciality beers to complement your dishes are still very new and unfamiliar concepts, unless you visit speciality beer bars.
To explore beer and wine for food pairing, our Master Brewer Jef Versele met with Jamie Goode, a respected beer and wine blogger at Wineanorak.com, at London’s Draft House, Seething Lane.
Debating the merits of beer and food pairings, Jef asks “is it about time that we start encouraging… good restaurants to start with separate beer lists” in addition to wine lists? Wine has always had a privileged place at the table, and beer lists and recommendations from waiters and bar staff would encourage people to begin experimenting with speciality beer and try new, exciting beer styles.
Do you agree that it is time for separate beer and wine lists? Leave us a comment below.
You can now find St. Stefanus Blonde on draught as well as by the bottle at the Draft House, Seething Lane, where we filmed much of our new video series. Take a look at their website here.