"They’re both fermented foods and seem to have an affinity for each other."
Ever come across a food combination that includes two items that are poles apart but somehow, when put together, tastes like a match made in heaven? Like french fries and ice cream? Popcorn and hot sauce? A dollop of peanut butter in your classic hamburger?
It almost sounds gross when you put these ingredients in the same sentence, but these combinations regularly appear in people's list of "perfect pairings."
To add to the list of bizarre food combinations, here's a whacky pair that includes everyone's favorite golden elixir—beer.
While IPAs, stouts, and ciders can hold their ground alone and best had on their own, light beers can quickly lose their novelty and start becoming a little... boring. We definitely agree that these light beers or lagers, or even your regular go-to beer brand that you probably have a stock of in your fridge, go great with a plate of irresistible fried goodies and can help you wash down a meaty burger. But when you have these light beers on their own, there is one simple thing that can help add some spunk to the flavor—a modest, unpresuming pickle.
A lager and a pick are all you need to spice up your Sunday afternoon and according to Esquire, it is a combination that beer lovers from the Midwest came up with.
"Pickles are the perfect snack: cucumbers soaked in evil," said Joe McClure of McClure's Pickles. "It complements the lager because of the slight vinegar and salt notes that get picked up."
Dropping a slice of pickle in your beer is definitely something worth trying at least once. But the type of beer you choose can make a difference. As mentioned earlier, a lighter beer is best for the pickle-experimentation. "I would avoid a pickle spear in any IPAs or craft beers," said Cheslyn Dilbeck, who has spent time working at bars and added that she never drinks beer if there is no pickle in it.
I hear the new thing all the kids are doing is putting a pickle in their light #beer to spice things up a bit. So I tried it. I see potential here, but it's hard to get over the weirdness... pic.twitter.com/HSWuUsvAml— TedPavlic (@TedPavlic) July 18, 2020
Cheslyn added, "At home, I typically use large dill spears from Costco. There is something about the classic light beer taste added with something salty that does it. But, there is such a thing as too many pickles."
A pickle is to beer what an olive is to a martini. Somehow, the olive in a martini tastes better after it's had a swim in alcohol. And just like that, a pickle will do the same after it dives into some beer. You can taste the difference in the beer just a few seconds after a pickle is dipped in. The longer you leave it, the more flavor oozes into your beer, according to Delish. So, it is up to you how long you want to leave the pickle in your beer. By the end of it, you have both pickle-flavored beer and beer-flavored beer to bite into.
Some men just want to watch the world burn— Ploogle (@ploogle) July 26, 2020
Not me. I want a picklebeer. pic.twitter.com/8JUmMyFLFd
A pickle maker from Virginia, Yi Wah Roberts, also stands by the combination of beer and pickle. He told Washington’s Top News, "They’re two things that make people very happy," as quoted by Independent. "They’re both fermented foods and seem to have an affinity for each other. Alcohol likes big flavors and sometimes it likes the sort of acid that the pickles bring to the party."
Roberts' sister, Caitlin, who co-owns their pickle company called Number 1 Sons, agreed with her sibling and said that the pairing offers something different from the usual overly-greasy snacks and sides that you usually get in bars or pubs. "It’s healthy. It’s crunchy. It’s not greasy," Caitlin said. "It doesn’t fill you up and the flavor’s not so big that you find it overwhelming."
Another beer + pickle fan, Liz Welle, a Minnesota writer said that it is not just pickles that can add an extra bit of zing to your beer. Green olives and pepperoncinis can also add that special something to your beer and she told Esquire, "They all work."