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Doubly Delicious! Beer and Dessert Pairings

When it comes to food pairings, the beer department has some of the most economical and delicious options at Spec’s. Nowhere is this more apparent than at dessert. Beer can be a great dessert pairing choice when you’re shopping on a budget, so here are a few suggestions for indulgences that complement the end of the meal and your appetite for savings.

Lindemans Lambic beers are a great choice for an unusual libation. These dense, fruit-based beers are best paired with heavier desserts, such as cheesecake and chocolate.

Imperial Stouts and Porters like North Coast’s Old Rasputin and Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea are great with a wide variety of desserts – as well as perfect choices for recipes that call for a dark, flavorful beer. Many updated recipes for lava cake, tiramisu, and even chocolate milkshakes call for a splash of porter or other deep, velvety brews. Coffee Porters, like Rogue’s Mocha Porter, are an excellent match for custards, crème brûlée and even a simple, old-fashioned plate of brownies.

Lighter desserts are delicious with wheat beers. Unibroue’s Éphémère pairs nicely with a plate of mixed fruit on a hot summer day. Traditional continental desserts like cheese plates pair especially well with malt-forward beers like Pikantus Weizenbock and Meantime Porter. Since both products are grass-based, cheese and beer share a unique connection.

Whether you’d like a classic pairing or a pleasant end-of-meal surprise, Spec’s is happy to meet all your dessert pairing needs!

Submitted by: Levi Castello in Austin


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