Merry Christmas everyone! So it’s Christmas Day, and if you’re reading this, chances are you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’re new to Vancouver, or you simply have nowhere to go. No matter the case, I feel for ya. Everyone’s with their family and friends, there’s nowhere to go, and nothing is open. Well, except for one kind of restaurant. If there is one group of people, who could care less if Jesus was born today, and would rather stay open to make some money, it would be people who own and operate a Chinese restaurant. So pick up the phone book, order some sweet, sour, spicy dishes, and enjoy it with an IPA you got stashed in your fridge!
There are many different beers that would pair well with Chinese food from pumpkin ales, to Belgian strong golden ales, but we’ll go with an IPA because what beer nerd doesn’t have an IPA or 2 in the fridge at all times? You see, the bitterness cuts through the fat, the roasted malts matches the grilling, the hops accentuates heat, and the sweetness can handle the sourness, as well as the peppers. Whether it’s an English IPA or an American IPA, they are simply fantastic with Chinese food. If you want to try something unique, the Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA would be a fantastic pairing with a chicken chowmein. This pairing is very reminiscent to drinking jasmine tea with your meal at a Chinese restaurant. It’s more of a regional pairing.
A lot of Chinese restaurants tend to be BYOB as well. Or if you pay a corkage fee, 9 times out of 10 you can bring your own bottle. So you can try dining out with a bottle of your favorite IPA.
Happy Holidays everyone. For the complete Vancouver Beer Blog holiday craft beer and food pairing guide, check out the link HERE. Thanks for reading, and thanks for all your support. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. Cheers!