The animal you choose as a pet can say a lot about who you are. Dog people can be friendly and loyal, for example, while cat people might enjoy more quiet time. And snake people? Perhaps as unconventional as their scaly sidekicks.
And if you choose your furry, scaly, feathered or shelled best friend to suit your personality, there’s a beer to go with it, too. So which beer is the ideal companion to complement your companion? Read on to find out.
Pilsner + dog
One faithful favourite deserves another! As the proverbial “man’s best friend,” the trusty dog is surely one of the world’s most popular pets. And the trusty pilsner is the world’s most popular beer. Probably because it’s so doggone faithful — always ready to quench a thirst or wash down a meal. And, okay, a pilsner won’t play fetch, but it does have a bit of bite.
Pale ale + cat
Are we suggesting what may be the world’s second-favourite beer style for cat lovers because cats are everyone’s second-favourite pet? Ha ha, no! (Please don’t hiss at us, cat lovers!) Actually, it’s because pale ale is every bit as likeable and versatile as pale lager and arguably even friendlier with food…once you get familiar with it. (Sound like someone you know?) And a great pale ale is like a graceful cat: It’s light on its feet and has perfect balance.
IPA + bunny
If your favourite pet is a bunny, then you’ve got to have a beer with a lot of hops! Because they’re bold and bitter, full-flavoured India pale ales (IPAs) are beers that best suit people who are ready to just jump in and try something.
Bavarian-style wheat beer + goldfish
Blub, blub, blub! Pale, German-style wheat beers are pleasantly golden and bubbly, just like your favourite little swimmer. These beers are often hazy in colour, too — which should remind you to check if the fishbowl water is ready for a change.
Radler + parrot
What do a tropical bird and a citrus-juice-infused lager have in common? Superficially, they’re both brightly colourful and light of body. But on a deeper level, they’re both about copying. Because have you ever noticed that when one person has a radler, others want to parrot their choice?
Session IPA + turtle
Time to take it easy? A turtle is a perfect pet for someone who’s definitely not in a hurry. Session IPAs, too, are built for longevity — those occasions when you’re able to experience life in the sssllllooowwww lane.
Oatmeal stout + horse
Sturdy. Robust. Dependable. And that’s the beer we’re talking about. If you’re an admirer of whatever is powerful yet gentle — and a horse is your ideal pet — then a silky-smooth and flavourful oatmeal stout is the beer for you. Plus, the two of you can bond over your shared appreciation of oats.
Ice beer + snake
Speaking of sssssmooth, an ice beer has a sneaky way of slipping subtly across your palate. A chilly choice for a cold-blooded pet, this beer is as cold in its spirit as you have to be when you feed your little friend. Gulp.