Pairing your music with your beer: How does that sound? It makes a lot of sense. Choosing a beer and choosing your music are all about the mood you’re in, so why not sync them up like a perfectly executed drum-and-bass solo?
To get you started, we’ve got the ultimate suds for your soundtrack — whether you’re headbanging to heavy metal or getting comfortable with some smooth soul.
Fruit beer + pop
Naysayers might write off pop music and/or fruit beer as overly sweet and unsubstantial. Frivolous, even. Well, shake ’em off, because as fans (of pop and fruit beer) know, there’s a lot going on under that sunny surface.
Amber ale + chill-out (a.k.a. easy listening and acoustic)
Your term for relaxing mood music depends on your generation. “Chill-out”? “Easy listening”? Whatever word you use, it’s easygoing — a solid go-to when you don’t know what else to put on. Amber ale is like that, too: a mellow, all-around, easy-to-love beer that goes with lots of foods (and moods).
Pale lager + punk
If you’re into the straightforward, three-chords-is-enough unpretentiousness of punk, then pale lager — simple, delicious and refreshing — is great for anyone who thinks anything too fancy would be selling out.
Stout and porter + soul/R&B
Deep, comforting and beautifully bittersweet … we could be describing a stout or porter or a nice old-school soul/R&B number. And either is perfect when you want to savour the moment — nice and slow.
Dark lager + heavy metal
Some like it dark — really dark. And if you’re a metal fan, a dark lager can be almost the right shade to match your black wardrobe. Just don’t tell anyone that a dark lager can actually taste bright and refreshing, because it might not be good for your heavy-metal image.
Radler + electronica
If you like music that makes you move and there’s nothing you enjoy more than dancing all night, try a radler. A mix of citrus and lager, it’s the most thirst-quenching beer around when you’ve worked up a sweat.
Classic pale ale + oldies
The oldies: They’re innocent and often quite simple, but there’s something satisfying about them. Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking, but they’re classic for a reason. Same goes for traditional, honest, classic pale ales: Take a sip and you’ll start to understand why your parents indulged in this uncomplicated pleasure.