Beer and burgers have been enjoyed together as part of the good life. The grain-based nature of beer makes it a food in itself, and the huge range of flavors, aromas and textures makes it a perfect match for burgers. At Stout, pairing our gourmet burgers with our artisanal beers allows us to highlight our beer list and add some interactive fun to our burger menu by suggesting beer and burger pairings.
The same philosophy applies when matching beer with food as when pairing wine with food: They should bring out the best qualities in each other, like a happily married couple. Choosing beers and burgers that enhance one another means paying attention to the gustatory qualities of both. We have some suggestions we hope will make your experience more enjoyable and successful.
What makes a good burger?
As with all brilliant ideas, the burger's timeless appeal lies in its simplicity. A well-made burger transcends the sum of its parts to become truly sublime. Executive Chef Alex Kagianaris has turned the burger into a gourmet treat. Thanks to its mainstay of a few quality ingredients, cooked quickly and served up as fresh as can be, the burger at STOUT makes the perfect meal – nutritious, filling, and the perfect pair for that specialty beer combining a host of sweet/salt/sour flavors to tantalize the taste buds.
Great burgers begin with great ingredients prepared simply and well. Being obsessed with meat, its quality and handling, is the secret to a great burger. The meat must be mixed and shaped by hand to achieve the contrast between a well-tended burger's inner fluffiness and outer, well-browned crust. Because we are obsessed with meat, STOUT offers meat from specialty producers and we divide and trim larger cuts and grind them daily. Then we hand mix the meat to distribute the fat evenly throughout. We strive for the flavor of our meat to shine through!
For centuries, beer and food have been enjoyed together as part of the good life. The grain-based nature of beer makes it a perfect match for nearly any kind of food, from a handmade sausage to the most luxurious gourmet dish. Choosing beers and foods that enhance one another means paying attention to the gustatory qualities of both.
It is simply common sense that delicate dishes work best with delicate beers, and it is equally true that strongly flavored foods demand assertive beers. Intensity of flavor may involve many aspects: alcoholic strength, malt character, hop bitterness, sweetness, richness, roastiness and so on.