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What Beer To Pair With Your Christmas Food

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Ever wondered which beer would pair perfectly with your Christmas food? Minced pies, cheese boards and Christmas dinner - there's a beer for all of them!

Christmas food needs no adjustment. Christmas breakfast is always up for discussion but nothing beats the traditional roast dinner. If you’re like me, the food on Christmas day tops the rest of the festivities. Yes, the opening of gifts tends to bring the most joy, but the thought of sitting down at the dining table with your family and enjoying the roasted meats, Yorkshire puddings and roasted vegetables really gets you in the festive spirit.

 

Christmas Beer Pack

 

One thing that most of us have always struggled with is deciding which drink we will be pairing with this feast. Often we drift towards the tradition of wine, prosecco or champagne. Well what if I were to tell you that it is in fact beer that tops the food pairing chart on Christmas day? Instead of a glass of red with your cheese board, how about a rich and malty stout to bring out the flavour? Or a pale ale with your main to combine the aromas? If this isn’t something that you have previously considered, then you are in for a treat, as your Christmas dining is about to get a whole lot better.


At Wild Beer Co we are constantly discussing and evaluating how our new beers can compliment and pair with different types of food. The carbonation in beer scrubs the pallet - giving you a new and exciting experience when enjoying your meals. So this Christmas, we are going to provide you with our top tips and suggestions for your Christmas drinks.

 

Xmas beer

 

The Run Up To Christmas


It goes without saying - it’s not Christmas without the mince pies! A blend of sweet and spice: truly a British tradition. Due to the combination of savoury and sweet, a mince pie can be difficult to pair with when it comes to drinks. You want to embrace the full impact of the flavoursome treat, so it is important to get your beer pairing right! If you require a few different beers for your run up to Christmas, take a look at our Christmas Beer Gifts!


A sour and fruity beer can accentuate the flavours of a mince pie and can even be used in the making of them. If you enjoy a bit of tang, we would suggest a beer with rich plum notes such as our barrel aged beer: Echo to provide you with a smokey tart and plum finish. Much like a glass of wine, this beer will help to bring out all of the spiced flavours of the mince pie whilst elevating the fruity notes. 

 

Echo beer

 

If plum is not to your taste, we would suggest going for a fruity beer with a little more sweetness. Our Strawberry Line combines a crisp and bright taste of strawberry with sour beer notes. Typically paired with cheeses, baked goods and toast, this beer would accomplish a brilliant pairing to a warm mince pie.

 

Strawberry beer

 

The Night Before Christmas


The Christmas tradition of leaving out a few little snacks for Santa is a must for most households. Why not convince your family that Santa doesn’t want a glass of port this Christmas. When you lay out the carrots for the reindeer, why not add a small glass of luxury stout for Santa. Our Millionaire Milk Stout combines flavours of chocolate and salted caramel for a luxurious taste. Just what Santa needs!

 

Milk stout

 

Instead of Your Morning Bucks Fizz


Christmas day is finally here. All the presents are wrapped and the family is all together. This is when the bucks fizz comes out. Let’s be honest, who actually likes bucks fizz? No one. So why not mix it up a little? A bottle of our award winning Ninkasi would go great with those morning nibbles. Ninkasi is a celebration beer that has been refermented with champagne yeast and brewed with local Somerset apple juice for a rich tang that bucks fizz just doesn’t give you. Feeling fancy? Our Ninkasi Rose is best served in a champagne flute and offers a hint of gooseberry and raspberry, offering an elegant alternative to traditional morning Christmas drinks.

 

Ninkasi beer

 

For Your Christmas Starter


The starter to your Christmas meal can be different every year, sometimes it's smoked salmon, sometimes it’s an assortment of nibbles, so how do we know what beer to go for? Well, we have a beer that goes with pretty much everything! Our flagship Wild IPA was created for this exact purpose. Fermented with our unique 3 yeast blend which provides the beer with a level of acidity that cuts through rich food and a complimentary pink grapefruit hop note from the Talus hops. It is balanced with a dry finish and a low but moreish bitterness. No other beer pairs with food quite like Wild IPA. The Wild IPA is also available in our IPA Gift Pack.

 

Christmas beer

 

Beer to pair with Christmas Roast


And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The Christmas feast begins. You quickly finish off your can of Wild IPA and you begin to pile a mountain of food on your plate. Turkey, yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, another yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, parsnips. You turn to your family with a joyous grin on your face and…oh... you realise that you may have jumped the gun. Everyone is holding a Christmas cracker and you're holding a ladle of gravy. It’s not your fault, we know how tempting that Christmas roast can be, and that’s exactly why you need the perfect beer to go with it. 


We can think of no better beer to suit the occasion. A bottle of Beyond Modus 8. With hints of fresh red wine and bourbon, the Beyond Modus 8 really takes the crown this Christmas. Its brisk acidity and barrel complexities make it the ultimate Christmas beer. If you’re like me and you love to fit as much food onto the fork at once, simply for the combination of flavour, then the Beyond modus is a must between bites. This beer truly elevates the palate, allowing for a unique experience with every mouthful.


Although this beer really is the perfect compliment to a Christmas roast, we love this pairing for its sentiment. Much like the tradition of a Christmas roast, the Beyond Modus collection has its own tradition. The Beyond Modus 8 is the 8th child of our first ever beer: Modus Operandi. A range refined and released annually just in time for the festive season. 

 

beer for Christmas roast

 

Beer to pair with dessert


Let’s hope you didn’t take another yorkshire pudding, because it’s time for dessert and you may need the extra space in your stomach for this one, especially when we tell you which beer you’re drinking with it! Whether it be a Christmass pudding or a chocolate yule log, our Big Buck barleywine uses a slightly sour note with fruity characteristics to balance the sweetness overload. To appreciate the full experience of this beer, make sure that you take in the aromas of sweet marmalade with apple brandy and oak. There’s usually less competition for food when it gets to this point, so it’s time to relax and take it all in. 

 

desert beer

 

Beer to pair with a cheese board


Baked camembert, stilton, brie and west country cheddar. For some reason we’ve decided that cheese is a must for our Christmas festivities, and you won’t see me complaining. I can’t get enough of it! The thought of that cheese board filled with crackers, chutneys and fruits makes me want December to hurry up and get me to that table! So what should you drink as you devour that cheese board? We have a few different options to tackle this one, but I think we will go with two of our newest arrivals. 


Our first option is Wineybeest 2021. A sophisticated blended wine barrel stout with a subtle balance of chocolate and red wine notes. We took our rich and flavoursome Wildebeest imperial stout and matured it in red wine barrels to create a hint of red berry with a balanced acidity. The jammy notes really compliment the cheeseboard combination and the beer works as a brilliant palate cleanser between cheeses.

 

elegant beer

 

A second option would be our brand new Brazen Raisin, which, as you can probably guess, features a fruity finish of raisin, apricots and prunes for a truly festive delight. You might be thinking this drink would go great with a fig pudding and you’re not wrong, this would also make an excellent desert beer. However, the Brazen Raisin possesses a range of flavour and a rich, velvety mouthfeel that would go great with soft cheeses whilst the fruity notes enhance and balance the chutney.

 

raisin flavoured beer

 

Evening Snacks


The feast may be done, but you’re not. You refuse to be defeated, and that’s why you don’t back down from the leftover cheese nibbles, the salted peanuts and, of course, the chocolates. You’ll need a drink to go with that though right? Of course you will. As the day comes to an end, all of the presents are open, the Christmas movies play in the background as you surround yourself with your favourite snacks, so which beers will pair with the evening treats?


Let’s start with the fan favourite: salted peanuts. The savoury treat that signals the end of Christmas day. You want something light and easy to drink with this savory snack, and we can think of no better pairing than a nice can of Rolling Pills. Expect aromas of lemon, fresh cut grass, lime, and herbal notes alongside an effervescent and light drinking experience. We believe this beer compliments the salty nature of your peanuts by cleansing the palate, reducing the salty aftertaste - making each handful a delight.

 

Christmas pilsner

Finally let’s end the day with a selection of quality streets, if there’s any left over! There’s always a box of your favourite chocolates that somehow makes it to the end of the day. So what beer pairs with chocolate? Make sure you have a bottle of B.A.B.S 4 hidden away for this occasion. With its intense, dark cacao flavours, this barrel aged blended stout would make the perfect ending to Christmas. A luxurious mouthfeel and smooth finish that enhances the taste of chocolate treats. The culmination is sublime, an amalgamation of three different stouts and one barley wine across eleven unique barrels.

 

beer to pair with chocolate

 

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