The pairings are easy to pull off at home
You don’t have to be in Dublin (or a James Beard Award-winning chef) in order to sample some of these flavors. You can be your very own Guinness pitmaster right in your backyard, and pull it off successfully by following a few of Colgan’s tips.
First, don’t think that the beer is too heavy to be drunk alongside a simple meal or lighter dish. Oysters come highly recommended by Colgan as good place to start. But you can also use Guinness to prepare your meals. Guinness Draught serves as a perfect gravy base for these Guinness Braised Short Ribs.
Second, one of the simplest ways to incorporate Guinness into your cooking is to utilize it in a marinade. For example, instead of using chimichurri on your strip steak, try a long marinade with Guinness and spices, like minced garlic and black pepper. Then, cook the meat low and slow to bring out the best beer flavor.
Finally, Colgan suggests being creative and listening to your taste buds. With several amazing Guinness beers to choose from (Guinness Draught, Guinness Extra Stout, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Blonde), there are plenty of pairing possibilities to keep you busy for the rest of the summer. Try accentuating the brie cheese in a warm applewood smoked bacon sandwich with a Guinness Draught, or pair a Guinness Blonde with the guajillo peppers and ground cinnamon of a red mole chicken dish.
Or, let your culinary imagination run free on the grill and discover a new Guinness food pairing of your own. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get tapped to share it at next year’s Guinness X Meatopia.