During a scorching summer’s afternoon, a sip of beer can be just what you need. But refreshing lagers are encouraging consumers to add a new addition to its ingredients- the humble pickle.
The peculiar pairing is said to be encouraged by Joe McClure, a pickle producer from Michigan.
In a recent interview he stated that, “It complements the lager because of the slight vinegar and salt notes that get picked up,”
"Pickles are the perfect snack: cucumbers soaked in evil," he adds.
The pickled flavours which are said to go well with beer are those that are covered in garlic and chilli. Additionally, he says that you should add some green olives and pepperoncini to the pairing.
A pickle maker from Arlington, Virginia called Yi Wah Roberts agrees with McClure that the pairing is delicious.
He said, “They’re two things that make people very happy,”
“They’re both fermented foods and seem to have an affinity for each other. Alcohol likes big flavours and sometimes it likes the sort of acid that the pickles bring to the party,” he adds.
According to Roberts, the mildest and freshest tasting pickles are the ones that are cured for the shortest time. For beers, he says that chilli-spiced pickles with a touch of garlic brings out the best in lagers. Whereas onion based brines which are cured for longer have a stronger and saltiness to them.
His sister, Caitlin also agrees with the combination. She says that it is a winner because its unlike the typically fatty bar food, “It’s healthy. It’s crunchy. It’s not greasy,” she says.
“It doesn’t fill you up and the flavour’s not so big that you find it overwhelming,” Ms. Roberts said.
Pickles date back to as far as 2030 BC. According to a historian it is rumoured that they were Cleopatra’s prized beauty secrets.
Another beer enthusiast said the combination is similar to a Bloody Mary: "When I was a kid a shot or two of tomato juice in the beer was a tasty and popular drink. Flavouring a BMC with the salty, sour tang of a good dill pickle doesn't sound all that bad!"
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