What drinks pair best with cheesy chips

alcohol, chips, nablopomo | November 4, 2012 | By

Reminder that this year’s NaBloPoMo theme on Quirky Cookery is “adults.” Content may not be appropriate for kids.


Cheese and wine? Nah, apparently the new thing is beer with….junk food.

And as much as I want to take it as a joke, this guy talks rather seriously about it:

You might be surprised, but a bit of classic pairing advice actually applies to the junk food example. For instance, most cheese-flavored snacks are vaguely cheddar-like. Things that work with cheddar cheese, such as IPA and stout, also taste good with cheesy (or cheezy) snacks. Beers that you might normally pair with barbecue, like stout or a Belgian dubbel, will elevate your barbecue chips, too.

It’s worth considering texture, too. Puffed snacks dissolve to slime in your mouth. You need a beer with hops or bubbles to clear away the goo. The same is true for Chester Fries, which leave behind a greasy film. Potato chips have a delicate crunch that doesn’t want a heavy beer. Nachos and Sun Chips are coarser and can take a bit of heft.

Then he actually breaks it down with several other chips, too. I can’t say I know anyone who would specifically pair their chips with a style of beer on purpose as opposed to grabbing whatever’s in the fridge, but it’s interesting to see which ones would technically go well together.


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