Pairing Beers with Adam’s Appetizers

There’s nothing worse than looking forward to a night out, ordering your favorite appetizers, and finding that you’ve chosen the wrong beer. After all, pairing beers with the wrong foods can hide the true flavors of the brew and the cuisine. But, there’s an easy way to avoid making the same mistake twice. Follow our guide to pairing beers with appetizers from Adam’s Taphouse and Grille.

Wheat Beers

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Wheat beers are lightly carbonated for ideal drinkability. Not to mention, they are versatile when it comes to pairing them with our appetizers. That’s because they feature hints of citrus and other fruits. Try the slightly hoppy Heavy Seas Smooth Sail with Adam’s Hot Crab Dip, served with baguette slices. Or, consider pairing the crisp, dry and refreshing tastes of The Gusto by Monument City Brewing Company with our homemade Chili Con Queso.

Pilsners and Pale Lagers

Pilsners and pale lagers are smooth, have a crisp style and boast thirst-quenching abilities. They pair well with almost anything, but they are especially suitable for spicy foods. On tap at Adam’s, the light-bodied and refreshing Tenacious V by Flying Dog Brewery will go great with our Tumbleweed appetizer. Delight in a helping of seasoned fried onions with fried jalapeno peppers. Or, try it with our Spiced Steam Shrimp.

Blonde and Pale Ales

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Blonde and pale ales get hoppier in taste as they get darker in color. They’ll shine when paired with fried items like our Fresh Mozzarella and Hush Puppies. Order a plate and pair it with either Atlas Brew Works Dance of Days or Calvert Halle and Oats by Calvert Brewing Company.

Amber and Dark Lagers

These beers, in particular, provide a nutty mouthfeel and are slightly sweet, making them the perfect complement to rich foods. For instance, our Steak Nachos, featuring thinly sliced Philly steak over fresh tortilla chips and a tangy BBQ sauce, pairs perfectly with Heavy Seas Cutlass beer. Overall, the beer’s soft malt qualities will provide the perfect balance for your taste buds.

Porters and Stouts

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Porters and stouts are both dark in color and rich in flavor. A rule of thumb is to pair them with appetizers that have a similar flavor profile. Specifically, we recommend the world famous Guinness Draught with our Porter Crab Pretzel for the perfect combination of salty and savory. Or, it can be paired with our Seared Ahi Tuna, which is served rare with a side of wasabi sauce.

Find Your New Favorite Combo

Utilize your new beer knowledge during your next visit to Adam’s. Our seasoned staff knows all about pairing beers with our foods and will be happy to point you in the right direction. Visit us today at 589 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park, Maryland. Or, call us at 410-647-5757 to learn more.