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Pairing Food with Newcastle Brown Ale
‘Newcastle Brown Ale is the Wayne Gretzky of Beers.  This team player is medium in body, and you’ll find after each sip, it goes where the flavours in the food are, rather than chasing after the flavours.’

Most people geNew Castle Brown Alet the concept of pairing wine with food, as the wine industry has done a fantastic job of educating the population in North America.  Wrapping your brain around what foods to pair with beer seems like a foreign concept to most North Americans, mainly as there isn’t much variation in the majority of the beers sold.

Europe is a different story.  Much like Italy and France have been pairing wine and food for hundreds of years, and are known for their fine wine and cuisine.  The U.K. is known for making amazing beers which they’ve paired with dishes for just as long.

Newcastle Brown Ale is the best-selling bottled ale in the U.K.   If you’ve never paired beer with food before, this is a great place to start as Newcastle Brown Ale is a team player.  Newcastle Brown Ale is the Wayne Gretzky of Beers.  This team player is medium in body, and you’ll find after each sip, it goes where the flavours in the food are, rather than chasing after the flavours.

Mahogany in colour, this beer looks like it tastes.  You’ll find caramel, burnt sugar, fruit, malt and a faint hint of chocolate in each sip.  It’s low in carbonation, so the flavours mingle with food, rather than cut through them. 

Because of this ‘mingling factor’, this beer is fantastic with grilled meats, specifically steak off the barbecue.  The burnt sugar and caramel flavours go amazing with the charred meat.  Keep the sauce away from the Steak for a better pairing, as while this beer is more muscular than Budweiser, or Canadian, it’s only medium in body and a heavy sauce will kill all of its restrained flavours.

Newcastle Brown Ale is an extremely versatile beer that will go with vertically anything that is equal in body.  Beef served grilled, roasted, or stewed are phenomenal with this beer.  Ribs, as long as they aren’t overly sauced are amazing too.  Chicken, Lamb, Ham and Pork, along with game, not so spicy sausages and mushrooms are great picks too.

If you are starting out in experimenting with beer and food pairings, Newcastle is a great beer to play with.  As long as your meal isn’t too heavy, you will find a great pairing each time.  If you want to learn more about Brown Ale, check out our Brown Ale and Food Pairing article for further information.



Written by: Joel Baxter