Beer and Lobster Roll
The concept of pairing good wine with appropriate food has always been something that has sparked discussion between pundits like how wine drinkers sip white wine to eat with fish or red wine to dine with beef. The same concept can actually be applied to beer drinkers. When one thinks of people who drink beer they tend to think of individuals who have no particular preferences in terms of beer mixed with food, however one will find that just like with wine, there are multiple pairings of beer and food.
Beers have a much wider taste in terms of the variation in its consistency much more so than wine, so being able to appropriately pair food with wine is more difficult. With that being said, a good rule of thumb to follow is simply if you’re eating a heavy food, pair it with a heavy beer. If you’re eating food that is light, pair it with a beer that is light.
Another aspect of beer and wine used in food is actually cooking with wine or beer. In this aspect it is better to serve the same beer for drinking as you did cooking, similarly with wine as well. However there is another school of thought who likes to serve beer that is opposite to the beer in terms of taste used in cooking, proceed at your own discretion as this is more a matter of personal taste.
Lobster and Beer
In terms of lobster and beer, lobster is very rich and flavorful and tends to be sweet; you would want a beer that will provide a refreshing and strong taste or full taste as well. Below are some recommendations of specific beers to drink with Lobster.
Recommendation: Pilsner or Light Lagers
The term Pilsner is actually derived from the city that it was brewed, specifically Pilsen of the Czech Republic back in 1842. Today the term covers a wide variety of lagers which include the American Pilsner, Czech Pilsner and the Imperial Pilsner. The Pilsner lager is defined by the taste of the Saaz noble hops and is a light golden texture/color without any small particles or cloudiness.
Bohemian pils are more of a light amber color with a medium bodied taste. This type of lager balances the moderate bitterness and hops aroma with a malty and slightly sweet body. A specific characteristic of this type of pils is the low levels of both diacetyl and a sweet corn like flavor. This pils also has a dense and rich head foam.
The classic German pils is a light straw or golden colored body. The taste however can be recognized by a high bitterness. The noble type hop aroma and flavor are relatively strong and quite obvious in that manner. It is a medium to light bodied beer but has a malty sweet residual aroma and flavor. Similar to the Bohemian pils, the German pils has very low levels of sweet corn like flavors and is generally considered a beer that one has to be accustomed to.
The American pils is light in both body and color. They tend to have a clean and crisp carbonation and the flavors should be subtle and complex as although there are a multitude of ingredients, one specific flavor doesn’t overpower the others. The malt sweetness level can be considered mild to light. The hop bitterness of American pils are very light.
1. Unplugged Bohemian Lager, New Glarus Brewing Co. in New Glarus, Wisconsin
2. Okocim Beer, Browar Okocim (Okocim Brewery) in Brzesko, Poland
3. Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner, Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, Oregon
4. Pilsner Urquell, Plzensky Prazdroj (Fountain Head Pilsen Brewery), Czech Republic
5. Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California
6. Polestar Pilsner, Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado
7. Warsteiner Premium Verum, Warsteiner Brauerei in Warstein, Germany
8. Prima Pils, Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania
9. Reality Czech, Moonlight Brewing Company in Fulton, California
10. Live Oak Pilz, Live Oak Brewing Company in Austin, Texas
Top 10 Bohemian Pilseners
1. Unplugged Bohemian Lager
Top 10 German
1. Prima Pils
Top 10 American
1. Grain Belt Premium