Traditionally, pumpkin pies combine the distinct pumpkin flavour with subtle hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and all spice. When pairing a beer with pumpkin pie, be sure to select one that does not overpower the delicate flavour of the pie. The sweetness of pumpkin pie pairs well with the contrasting bitterness of a dark, heavily roasted stout.
Similar to the flavour profile of coffee and dark chocolate, the roasted elements of stout make a perfect combination with the sweet flavour and hint of spices in the pumpkin pie.
Butternut squash soup is the ultimate fall comfort food. Butternut squash soup can vary between sweet and spicy, which changes the ideal beer pairing.
Butternut squash soups need a bitter contrast to cut through the creamy sweetness of the dish. India Pale Ale’s have the perfect flavour profile to contrast yet not overpower the subtle flavours of the squash.
With a spicier butternut squash soup, try a cool and refreshing light lager to cleanse your palate.
Grilling corn on the cob is a way to pack extra flavor into an already delicious dish. Whether smothered in butter, salt and pepper or covered in herbs and grated parmesan, nothing beats a nice sweet lager to gently complement the crisp sweetness of corn. The sweetness also provides added contrast to the smoky flavour from the grill, making this pairing an instant crowd pleaser.
Pumpkin is a fall favourite, and with its versatile flavour comes many beer pairing options.