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Craft beer has been around long enough so that it's transitioned from a fad to a beverage option familiar to most people, and beer lovers are probably at least marginally familiar with beer and food pairings when it comes to main dishes. Many are also aware that fruit and cheese courses before the main meal are best complemented by light, fruity summer ales and that rich red meat pairs beautifully with dark Porters. But what about dessert? Or is beer with dessert still the culinary taboo it was before craft beers became a dinner table staple?
Fortunately, craft beer and dessert pairings exist that work, and finding the right combination is easier than you think. Following are three craft beer and dessert pairings that you and your dinner guests will be sure to love.
Sweet Stouts and Porters Pair Divinely With Chocolate
Rich, winter-weight stouts and Porters are ideal for serving with after-dinner chocolate delights such as Black Forest cake, double-fudge cheesecake, or even simple squares of dark chocolate. However, keep in mind that beer should always be slightly sweeter than the dessert selected for pairing -- otherwise, the beer will have an off-taste, so don't serve a dry stout or Porter with chocolate or any other type of dessert. Choose Belgian or American styles instead.
Kölsch and Apple Pie Is an American Classic
Fruity, medium-bodied Kölsch is ideal for pairing with a slice of apple pie, with or without the traditional ice cream. Kölsch is a German beer with a bright, crisp bouquet and several layers of fruity notes that are showcased to perfection when paired with apple pie. Kölsch is also good with desserts crafted with lighter berries such as raspberries and salmon berries, but blackberries and blueberry desserts call out for darker beers that have a bit more body than the standard Kölsch, such as Guinness and light Porters.
Hefeweizen after Dinner Is Peachy
Peach cobblers, sorbets, and ice cream all scream for Hefeweizen. Traditionally served with a lemon slice on the rim of a chilled glass, Hefeweizen is a wheat craft beer that originated in Germany that is the color of the inside of a ripe peach when properly brewed. It's a quintessential summer craft beer that is a particularly sublime match for light stone fruits such as peaches, apricots, and red plums. Hefeweizen is also an excellent choice for serving with a classic lemon meringue pie.