What’s the quickest way to satisfy your post-game hunger? A bag of crunchy chips and an ice-cold brew might be the best duo since Jágr and Lemieux. Whether you’re a nacho cheese man or an all-dressed gal, here are the beers to pair with your favourite chips.
Plain potato + pilsner
Whether they’re ruffled, paper-thin or kettle-cooked, plain potato chips demand an equally straightforward beer. Clean, crisp pilsner is a natural with fried foods and cuts through the starchiness of the potatoes. Meanwhile, all that salt softens the tasty bitterness of the brew.
Salt and vinegar + English-style pale ale
Since Brits love to douse their fries in vinegar, cracking open an English-style pale ale with your salt and vinegar chips is a no-brainer. Also known as extra special bitter, or ESB, this hoppy ale stands up to the chips’ tartness, which, in turn, brings out the beer’s fruitiness.
Dill pickle + kolsch
Dill pickle chips are another tongue-tingler. Here you’ll want a kolsch (a.k.a. lagered ale) to revive your puckered taste buds — its grassy hops really flatter that herby pickle flavour.
Ketchup + saison
Whether you’re Team Ketchup or not, you can’t deny these bright red chips belong in the Canadian Snack Hall of Fame. This True North flavour is excellent with saison, a Belgian brew that sometimes goes by the name “farmhouse ale.” Whatever you call it, saison’s gentle sourness plays well with that sweet-and-sour ketchup seasoning.
All-dressed + India pale ale (IPA)
This genius mashup of barbecue, salt and vinegar, sour cream and onion, and ketchup varieties is another all-Canadian fave. To handle the flavour fiesta, you need a beer with moves. Enter zippy, bitter IPA, which packs a punch yet is still refreshing enough to recharge your mouth for the next chip.