The Beer / Wine Bridge v 2.0

wine-beer-output-800Here at the show we are lucky enough to have a resident wine expert. While Mike and I might be able to talk coherently on the topic of beer Jesse knowledge of wine is comprehensive.

While we are convinced that anyone with a dislike of craft beer hasn’t been properly exposed to the astounding variety of craft beer out there, we are very curious about a growing trend to attempt to bridge the gap between those who advocate beer and those who advocate wine.  The two beverages are distinct categories and while Mike, Jesse, and I want to extol to the world the merits of craft beer everyone has their own tastes and are welcome to drink what they want.

We went on and on about the last beer for the wine lover article that we saw with Jesse having some very strong opinions on the matter.  Well we stumbled onto another article, this time from a wine lovers perspective, about what wine you should try if you are a beer fanatic looking to broaden your horizons.  VinePair.com has a list of wines that would go well as replacements for your favorite beer style.

  • Wheat Beer -> Chardonnay: Chardonnay’s tropical flavors have found a companion in wheat beers, which posses similar fruity notes.  With many wheat beers now being aged in oak, such as Allagash Curieux, wheat beer fans will find their companion wine in the golden color and oaky, fruity notes of Chardonnay
  • West Coast IPA -> Carménère: IPA and Carménère both have savory flavors and bitter notes that fade as the beverage trickles down your throat.  IPAs have cult followings because they can be so complex, dissected by everyone around the table.  Carménère shares this characteristic.
  • Porter -> Syrah: The wine and this beer are both known for their dark fruit flavors and aromas.  Many winter porters also have prominent notes of spice, just like Syrah!
  • *Kölsch -> Sauvignon Blanc: *If Sauvignon Blanc is known for one flavor, it’s the grassy quality that can be both tasted and smelled in the wine.  Kölsch is frequently described as having a slightly tannic finish and a grassy aroma due to the Saaz hops often used to make it.
  • Imperial Stout -> Cabernet Sauvignon: The king of wine, meet the king of beers.  If you’re a fan of steak, potatoes and stick-to-your-rib sides, these drinks are for you.  Both Cabernet and Imperial Stouts are known for the silky, full mouthfeel and toasted oak flavors.
  • Pale Ale -> Merlot: Merlot is the first wine recommended to people new to wine, and so is Pale Ale for beer.  These drinks are mellow and inviting.  Around the world the styles represent a balance, which makes them so popular.  They’re gateway drugs to the good stuff.  The base rung of the beer and wine ladders.
  • Belgian Dubbel -> Malbec: Both have dark fruit aromas, spiciness and full-bodied mouthfeel.  Malbec is easy drinking and so are Belgian Dubbels – they’re true soul mates.
  • Czech Pilsner -> Riesling: We’re talking about fresh, brewed-correctly-and-not-just-called-pilsner Pilsner.  Just like overly sweet Rieslings can give the wine a bad name, so too can Pilsners have bad representations.  But great Pilsners and Rieslings have wonderful acidity, full mouthfeels and balanced, sweet flavors.
  • Gose -> Gewürztraminer: Look to beat the hear?  If you’re in the known about this refreshing, salty beer, you know it does the trick, as does Gewürztraminer, a white wine famously grown in Alsace, France.  Both are low in alcohol and can be drunk glass after glass.
  • Lambic -> Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is one of the most popular and dynamic wines out there, and it has us thinking about Lambic beers.  Both beverages have wonderful acidity and a funkiness and outright fruitiness that make the romantic obsessions.

Reading through their descriptions I have some minor quibbles about the characterizations of some of the beer styles.  As a whole though I don’t have any objections to the pairings as they stand.  I don’t have the expertise with the wine styles to know if these pairing are reasonable or forced.

I will leave it to Jesse to give it a look and offer his opinion.

Do we have any wine drinkers in our audience who might have their own thoughts on the subject?