The beer experts at Whole Foods take their fermented drinks very seriously, and they don’t want you serving just any brewski with that Seven Layer Dip. Your effervescent beverage must have just the right hop content to pair with the creamy dish. To ensure you don’t make any pairing faux pas, here’s a list of popular Super Bowl grub and the beers you should serve with them from Cynthia Tom, Whole Foods Market's North East regional beer, wine, spirits & tap room leader. Cheers.
Seven-Layer Dip (w/ tortilla chips) and Cigar City Jai Alai IPA (Available in 6 pack for $13.99) “This unique IPA, named after an extreme sport from the Basque region of Spain, is a big and malty aromatic beer with hints of burnt toffee and tropical hops. Pairs nicely with creamy and full-flavored dishes.”
Flatbread pizza and Firestone Walker Wookey Jack (Available in 22oz for $7.99) “Toasty caramel notes embody this Black Rye IPA along with coffee and sweet cocoa. Compliments grilled vegetables and Gorgonzola cheese.
Nachos and Maine Beer Pepper Ale (Available in 16.9oz for $6.99) “This American style ale from Maine Beer Company has floral and citrusy flavor balanced with crisp and clean notes.”
Pigs in a Blanket and Brooklyn Brewery Blast (Available in 4 pack for $10.99) “Brooklyn Brewery's Double IPA has extreme malty and bready characteristics. It's full bodied and great with fatty and doughy foods.”
Beef Sliders and Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter (Available in 17oz for $5.99) “This delicious local Smoked Porter is a full flavored and complex beer with notes of dark fruit, licorice, and smoked wood. The drink compliments grilled meats, strong cheeses, and smoky foods.”
Jalepeno Poppers and Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (Available in 6 pack for $15.99) “A San Diego original, Ballast Point is dedicated to craft in creating this hoppy IPA with notes of stone fruits and a crisp refreshing finish. It pairs well with rich and mildly spiced dishes.”
Shrimp Quesadillas and Westbrook White Thai (Available in 6 pack for $14.99) “This is Westbrook's unique take on a Belgian Witbier brewed with lemongrass and ginger root creating a sweet-yet-spicy smooth brew. It's best served with seafood dishes.”
Potato Skins and Stillwater Cellar Door with White Sage (Available in 4 pack for $10.99) “Balanced and complex, this Farmhouse Ale is herbaceous balanced with orange peel and lemon notes. Pair it with roasted starchy dishes.”
Soft Pretzels with Mustard and Local Option – Dampf Loc (Available in 16.9oz for $6.99) “This traditional local steam ale with nice malt notes and a lively carbonation, accompanies any breaded appetizer.”
Spicy Buffalo Wings & Six Point Resin (Available in 4 pack for $10.99) “A local favorite, this Double IPA contains rich malt and hop aromas. It's long and heavy finish needs fatty and spicy foods to balance all flavors.”
Deviled Eggs and Ommegang—Witte (Available in 25.4oz for $8.99) “An Ommegang classic that is light enough to compliment a morning meal. It has notes of orange peel and lemon tart and pairs nicely with light fair.”
Cheddar Bratwurst and Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA (Available in 22oz for $8.99) “This is a classic bright and flowery IPA from Massachusetts with a distinct aromatic nose. It's est with full flavored meat dishes.”
Chili and Left Hand Brewery's Nitro Milk Stout (Available in 6 pack for $11.99) “A Colorado special, Nitro Milk Stout is creamy and smooth with notes of burnt sugar and malt. Perfect to pair with some acidity to cut the richness.”
Chips and Victory Prima Pilsner (Available in 6 pack for$9.99) “This German-style Pilsner from Pennsylvania is an easy drinking Pilsner with Herbaceous and malty notes. It pairs well with salty or cheesy dishes.”
Popcorn and 21st Amendment and Sneak Attack Saison (Available in 6 pack for $11.99) “This is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale that is light, wheaty, and thirst quenching. It has a subtle finish of cardamom spices that would work well with a light, buttered popcorn.”