The beer pairing: Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit
"When it comes to drinking beer first thing in the morning, there are a number of important factors to consider. What am I eating? How is the weather? Do I have to be productive for the rest of the day? For omelettes, my breakfast beer is Stiegl Grapefruit Radler. This beer is low in calories and alcohol; it's unfiltered with bright, citrusy notes, and is perfectly refreshing on hot summer days. It complements the weather and the meal -- and since I have a three-year-old to keep up with, it's appropriate for the productive day ahead." -- Angela McMaster, beer & wine specialist, Whole Foods Market Albuquerque (Albuquerque, NM)
Egg & cheese sandwich
The beer pairing: Dogfish Head Festina Peche
"My favorite beers to drink with breakfast are tangy and refreshing. A light sour like a Berliner Weisse is a perfect choice for an egg & cheese. The alcohol percentage is fairly low so you can slowly ease into your day, plus the citrusy tartness will brighten up the greasy sandwich. One that's readily available all summer long is Dogfish Head Festina Peche -- an American take on the German style brewed with peaches. Who needs a mimosa?" -- Anne Becerra, writer and beer director for Taproom 307/Treadwell Park (New York, NY)
The beer pairing: North Coast Old Rasputin
"Oatmeal is a very neutral food in and of itself, so if you are like me, you add a heaping of brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and a nice pat of butter to create this hearty, somewhat sweet and rich breakfast to power your morning. You wouldn't be wrong to choose a nice brown ale to pair with your oatmeal, but let's be honest, if you're having a beer at breakfast, then let's start your day off with a jump start on your day buzz.
"I'd recommend Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.; an Imperial Stout weighing in at 9.0% ABV. The high alcohol content and fullness of the body strips away the rich slickness coating the tongue after each bite, allowing for a cleaner palate in between drinks, the roastiness is able to balance out the sweetness/richness of the oatmeal, and the coffee/chocolate notes are strong enough to allow you to skip the coffee -- you won't even miss it." -- Dave Hunter, BJCP judge, Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (Yakima, WA)