Following on from our previous article on beer and food pairing and seeing the warm sunshine still with us we though it would be a good idea to talk about BBQs and beers that add to their enjoyment.
What we find is that a light, clear, clean drink is needed to compliment the smokiness that comes from cooking either directly on flames or on a griddle. A sizzling chicken kebab or a gently charged steak call for a nice cold tasty glass of not-too strong beer.
What to choose though? Having had far too many occasions where there was not much choice of tasty tipple Peter, Ridgeway’s head brewer, decided to do something about it.
BBQ and the outdoors was on his mind from the start when he created Oxfordshire Blue. English Fuggle and Styrian Golding hops ensure good, tangy hop flavours, perfect to complement burgers, sausages, chicken wings or anything else from the grill.
The mixture of German style pilsner malt and a traditional ale malt makes it light bodied and easy drinkable. Above all, the beer is designed to be drunk cold. Conditioning time, longer than it is common with traditional beers, means it stays clear when kept in the fridge, unlike many English ales that will go cloudy if stored chilled.
Do you agree with him? What is your favourite food to have with Oxfordshire Blue? Let us know.