Beer and food are ideal companions. For the longest time, wine was the preferred beverage for food while beer was shunned as too simplistic and homogeneous to have any place at the dinner table. With beers being so similar in flavor and style, beer wasn’t looked upon favorably for matching with food.
Today, the world is a vastly different and better place. The United States is home to well over 4,000 craft breweries, each producing malt beverages with artisanal distinction. The flavors represented in these different beers are far more varied than those of wine and this is why beer dinners and beer/food pairings have become ever popular in the 21st century. Learning how best to serve beer and how to match up flavors is part artistic expression and part science. The folks over at www.fix.com have created a useful infographic designed to help budding beer/food aficianados craft just the right marriage of malted brew and fine cuisine. Take a look: