We’re back with another food pairing, and this one might surprise you. Carrots and a West Coast IPA? Yep.
IPAs are pretty intense, and they need food flavors that can compete. So when most people think of pairing an IPA, they lean towards something fatty or spicy. The intense hop flavors help clean your palette while you’re indulging in fried chicken or aged cheese.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a dirty meal like anyone else. But I don’t want one every time I have an IPA (which is more often than it should be), so finding healthier food that stands up to the hops was a mission. I also wanted a dessert pairing, because dessert and beer are sometimes a daily requirement.
Now let’s revisit Hoppenheimer before we jump into the pairings. Hoppenheimer is our West Coast IPA. Of our entire portfolio, this beer is brewed closest to style. It is a balanced IPA with a huge dank hop aroma. At first sniff, you will detect pine, resin, and delicious citrus. Once you take a sip, you will discover that it has just enough malt and subtle caramel to keep the IPA characteristics in balance.
Bitter greens with toasted grains and pickled onions. Maybe even toss some aged Gruyere in the mix.
Pork carnitas. It has everything you need – fat, acid, and spice.
Buttermilk biscuits. Make sure they’re fluffy.
Carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting. Yes, carrot cake. You will be shocked by how will Hoppenheimer pairs with this dessert.
Who knew an IPA and a dessert could be a match made in heaven?!