3 Beer and Food Pairings You’ve Got to Try
In Alberta, we take our craft brewing seriously. How could we not with all of the main ingredients grown right here in our very own province? And, we’re just as passionate about pairing them with locally grown and sourced ingredients in our dishes.
Part of Alberta’s appeal is its drastic landscape, from the prairies where the crops are plentiful, to the Rockies where the peaks are staggering. Take the Sightseeing Chairlift to the viewing platform to bask in awe of Banff’s mountainscapes and then join us in the Cliffhouse Bistro for a delicious mouthful – prepared with ingredients from the prairies and surrounding areas. They not only taste amazing, but you can feel good about supporting local farmers and producers.
So, whether you’re a downright homegrown Albertan or you’re visiting for your first time, you can savour the bounty from this region that we call home.
RYE IPA + PICKING PLATTER
Canmore Brewing Co. Railway Avenue Rye IPA
If you’ve never tried an IPA before, the Canmore Brewing Co. Rye IPA is a great one to test out first. It’s not a normal IPA either, combined with malted rye, you’re treated to a complex, dry, and hoppy beer. The darkest of the three beers, it pairs well with the Picking Platter’s rich and savoury flavours. Throw together slow roasted mixed nuts tossed in maple syrup (how Canadian?) and spices, marinated olives and freshly baked bread, and some warm salted pretzels with a mustard thyme mascarpone and a beer, confit garlic and cheddar dips – you’ll be drooling as it arrives at your table. With a full and happy belly, you might want to stretch your legs with a walk down Banff Ave. or save the effort and simply enjoy your leisurely chairlift down.
CRISP PILS + VIETNAMESE PORK
Jasper Brewing Co. Crisp Pils
Our most surprising cocktail on the list is a sweet floral MarTeani. The Jasmine Gold Dragon Tea is a delicacy green tea since the Jasmine flowers only bloom for approximately 12 hours in May or June, making this blend limited in availability. Paired with the weight of the Crown Royal Apple and sweetness of the Galliano, herb, spice, and plant elixir, you get a well-balanced cocktail.
KOLSCH + TURKEY REUBEN PANINI
This Kolsch-style beer feels right at home in the peak of summer. Take in the warm summer breeze at 6,900 ft and sip on a refreshing Big Rock Brewing Co.’s Rhine Stone Cowboy. A beer as unique as the location, the delicate, crisp, and malty blend saddles the line between ale and lager. With a muted fruitiness it complements the Turkey Reuben Panini like a dream. Sandwiched together between rye bread, the smoked turkey, apple pickle, cranberry cream cheese, and gruyere are as light and breezy as the beer. When you’ve spent your day working up an appetite, you’ll be rewarded by this filling, yet not-stuffed-in-your-pants meal.