Summer Beer Pairings

Summertime is all about getting together with friends and family and enjoying your favorite beers outside. Looking for the perfect snack to go with your patio party? Hickory Farms team member Shaun Ely helped us gather some tasty recommendations for summer beer pairings with our meat and cheese to make delicious combinations all summer long.

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Choose your favorites or try something new! There’s no wrong way to enjoy gourmet sausage and cheese with beer. Our quick guide can help get inspired.

Beer Pairings

Farmhouse Cheddar + Pilsner

Subtle lighter flavors pair well with a lighter beer. Pilsner is light enough so it won’t overpower a lightly flavored cheese, and the malty sweetness balances the slight acidity this cheese has.
Try: Prima Pilsner by Victory Brewing, Tiny Bomb by Wiseacre Brewing, Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewery, Summerfest by Sierra Nevada Brewing

Smoked Cheddar Blend + Pale Ale

The slight bitterness of the beer will enhance the smoke flavor of the cheese and balance out the creamy texture.
Try: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale , Zombie Dust by Three Floyds, Dales Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery, Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale by Sweetwater Brewing.

Smoked Gouda + Weissbier

The citrus notes in a good Weiss beer (wheat beer) help to balance the dry and nutty flavors in a young smoked gouda.
Try: Deesko! by Three Floyds, Blueberry Berliner Weisse by White Birch Brewing, Oarsman Ale by Bell’s Brewery

Jalapeno & Cheddar Blend + IPA

An IPA’s hoppy bitterness amplifies the spice, while the carbonation helps cut through the cheese’s creamy fat.
Try: Pseudo Sue by Toppling Goliath, Son of Juice by Maplewood Brewing, Anti Hero by Revolution Brewing.

Signature Beef Summer Sausage + Pilsner

This classic combination allows the rich flavor of the sausage and dry maltiness of the beer to shine through.
Try: Lagunitas Pils Czech Style Pilsner, Hoegaarden Witbier, Pacifico Clara

Spicy & Savory Beef Summer Sausage + Traditional Lager

The hoppy bitterness amplifies the spice of the sausage, while the smooth finish of the beer cools the heat.
Try: Eliot Ness by Great Lakes Brewing, Yuengling Traditional Lager, Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues, Mexican Logger by SKA Brewing, Modelo Negra

Turkey Summer Sausage + Cream Ale

Cream ales are a blend of lager and ale, and this blend allows for a hoppy and malty finish that balances the sweetness of the honey and brown sugar in the turkey sausage.
Try: Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, Sweet Action by Sixpoint, Spotted Cow by New Glarus, Sunlight Cream Ale by Sun King Brewing company, Cinnamon Beer-D Os by Pipeworks Brewing

Reserve Dry Salami + Saison

The light, fruity taste of Saison pairs nicely with cured and smoked meats, and the fizzy finish helps to cleanse your palate.
Try: Sofie by Goose Island, Rabbid Rabbit by Three Floyds, Apex Predator by Off Color Brewing

Three Pepper Dry Salami + Belgian Pale Ale

The beer brings the peppery flavor front and center and mellows out the fatty mouthfeel of the salami.
Try: Matilda by Goose Island. Or a juicy IPA such as Son of Juice by Maplewood or Lake Erie Monster by Great Lakes Brewing

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