Jerky and beer, go together like cheese and wine (although jerky goes really well with wine too!). The only way to really know is to get a group of your friends together along with your favourite beer and a range of jerky and try for yourself. It’ll be fun and spark some interesting conversation.
But where to start with jerky, there’s lots to choose from, so why not grab a pack of each, beef, chicken, salmon and in a range of flavours and go from there. You’ll not need to give your friends anything else to nibble on juts keep the beers coming.
To give you some beer for thought, we visited the team at Cairngorm Brewery and joined their visitors for some beer and jerky sampling at the end of a brewery tour. Our new salmon jerky went down particularly well with the group and they favoured this with the lighter beers such as Trade Winds and White Lady.
Trade Winds tasting notes say ‘Light golden in colour, with a high proportion of wheat giving the beer a clean fresh taste. The mash blends together with the perle hops and elderflower providing a bouquet of fruit and citrus flavours.’ The team at Cairngorm Brewery also agree that this beer goes well with lighter meats so would be perfect with salmon and chicken jerky.
Another light beer is the White Lady, the tasting notes say ‘A Bavarian Style Crystal Wheat Beer, with additional hints of roast malt for colour – brewed with Orange Peel and Coriander to give fruit flavours with a hint of spice.’ With the brewery tour visitors loving this with the salmon jerky too.
These two beers are a good way to start out on your pairing journey and also a great introduction to craft beer.
If you like a darker beer then why not try one of these two beers with a beef jerky.
Black Gold tasting notes ‘This wholesome stout has a rich dark colour and nutty roast flavour. No less than four colours of malt make up the grist! A smooth sweetness leads to a dry finish and a satisfying after taste.
This beer is said to be perfect with a Sunday roast and as our jerky is made from beef silverside (which is used to make a Sunday roast) then this beer is perfect to pair with any of our beef jerky. Especially some of those that maybe peppery or have a chilli base to the recipe.
Another great dark beer is Stag, with the tasting notes saying ‘A mahogany coloured ale with medium to light body. Challenger and Fuggles hops are added plentifully giving initial bitterness that is then balanced by a caramel finish from the roast malts.
The tour visitors did say that all the beef jerky paired well with the darker beers, which are more hoppy and flavourfull to be able to complement the spicier jerkies.
Please let us know which beers you think pair well with jerky, send us pictures too, we’d love to share.
Remember to drink responsibly and don’t over do the jerky too!