The Anti-Beer & Food Pairing Blog
Not even craft can conquer them...
When was the last time you updated your Facebook status with something food related? We're guessing it was quite recently right? That's because the quandary over 'what to have for tea tonight' is still alive and well in the digital domain, whether you're pinning recipes on Pinterest or enthralling your Twitter following with pictures of breakfast.
Beer and food pairings have also been getting a look in with blog posts popping up dedicated to discovering that perfect match - http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article/brewdogs-guide-to-matching-food-with-beer
In true BrewDog style however, we've decided to take an alternative look with the world's first anti-beer and food pairing blog.
Grab the bill, it's time to leave as we introduce our top 5 'it doesn't matter what beers you pair them with they'll still taste awful' foods:
So cheese and a full bodied ale like 5am Saint is damn tasty, we're probably all agreed on that. What we didn't say is all cheese and 5am Saint is damn tasty, which is just as well because we ain't going near this cheese – Casu Marzu (Italian for 'maggoty cheese') – with a barge pole. This Sardinian cheese is loaded with larvae of the cheese fly (how apt) who take fermentation to a whole new level; breaking down fats until it's almost fully decomposed. Some people remove the larvae, others don't, the choice is yours!
Not all Scottish delicacies taste as great as Haggis (we like our Haggis paired with a Paradox inspired sauce). Take the Guga – gannet chicks which are caught annually off the coast of Lewis. Thanks to the birds extremely greasy skin, the best way to prepare them is to wash them in detergent which can sometimes leave a residue which no doubt compliments their taste, rumoured to be somewhere around fishy beef and rotten leather.
Remember Paul the Octopus? Remember Paul's brothers and sisters? Probably not, because unfortunately these guys didn't posses psychic abilities and were shipped off to a Chinese restaurant instead. Traditionally eaten raw, this dish takes sushi to a new level with tentacles still squirming when they arrive on your plate. The tiny suckers might even stick to the inside of your mouth. The only benefit of a beer is trying to wash them down as quickly as possible. Best avoided.
From the passion fruit punch of Punk IPA to the citrus combustion engine of Libertine Black Ale, we love fruity beers. One fruit that we won't be considering though is the Durian AKA Thai stench fruit. Quite literally one of the most disgusting scents on the planet, food writers have attempted to describe the Durian – “pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.” It's also the only fruit in the world that you can get fined for taking into a hotel. Rock on.
Anything on a stick
Street vending is on the rise; we practically lived off the boutique, handmade delicacies sold near BrewDog Camden when we were pitching up in the Big Smoke. It may just be our dainty Western palettes but bat on a stick, scorpion on a stick, tarantula on a stick, seahorse on a stick just doesn't have the same appeal as sweet chili pork belly washed down with Dead Pony Club...Maybe we just need to get out more.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Could it have been improved with beer? Let us know about the grub that not even craft could conquer.