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Houston Brewery shares perfect pairings between beers and dishes from local restaurants

HOUSTON – Nothing goes better on a wet day in Houston than an ice cold beer, but do you know which foods go best with your beers? For a late celebration of National Beer Lovers Day (September 7), 8th Merveille Brewery President and Co-Founder Ryan Soroka shares insight into the art of pairing beer with delicious dishes at local restaurants.

“The fun thing about food and beer pairings is that beer pairs easily with a lot of different foods,” Soroka said. “There aren’t a lot of rules to loose and more rules to make.”

From hoppy IPAs to dark creamy stouts, the beer offers a diverse range of styles to appeal to all palates. Like wine, some beers complement certain flavors in foods better than others. Soroka has partnered with local restaurants Vinny’s, Rodeo goat and Jax Grill present three food and beer pairings for Houstonians to try.

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DOME FAUX’M – THROWBACK ALE CREAM + BACON VINNY’S SAUSAGE PIZZA

8th Wonder Brewery President and Co-Founder Ryan Soroka pairs his Dome Faux’m Cream Beer with Vinny’s Bacon and Sausage Pizza. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)

Soroka says: “Dome Faux’m is our flagship beer. It’s a pre-prohibition style cream beer, and true to its origins, it contains a little corn in the recipe which will bring a subtle sweetness.

  • Beer tasting notes: There is a common misconception that cream beers are creamy, but this pre-prohibition style beer is light, crunchy and easy to drink.

  • Ingredients of the dish: Pork and bacon sausage, black pepper, parmesan sauce, mozzarella, provolone, parsley, chives and Korean red pepper

  • Why it works: You can never go wrong with beer and pizza, but cream beer complements the meat and heat of this slice perfectly.

TEX – BLONDE + RODEO GOAT MARVIN ZINDLER BURGER

8th Wonder Brewery President and Co-Founder Ryan Soroka pairs their Tex Blonde Ale with Rodeo Goat’s Marvin Zindler Burger. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)

Soroka says, “This is light, crunchy and has a nice little floral touch to these hops. It is a sweet and very accessible beer. If you’re not the biggest beer fan or new to beer, this is a great beer to start with.

  • Beer tasting notes: Smooth and satisfying blond beer, light and low in calories

  • Ingredients of the dish: Applewood smoked bacon, beefsteak tomatoes, jalapeños, lettuce, fried onion, cheddar, pickle chutney and BBQ sauce

  • Why it works: This burger is bursting with flavor and blondes go well with everything as they complement sweet, hot and spicy foods.

COUGAR PAW – RED ALE + JAX GRILL’S SOUTH-WEST BOWL

8th Wonder Brewery President and Co-Founder Ryan Soroka pairs his Cougar Paw red beer with Jax Grill’s Southwest Bowl. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)

Soroka says, “It’s a lovely red malt beer, but easy to drink. It’s going to have a subtle sort of roasted, dry finish.

  • Beer tasting notes: The sweetness of the malt fades into a dry, roasted, easy-to-sip finish

  • Ingredients of the dish: Blackened chicken, rice, black beans, roasted corn, cheddar, pico de gallo, sour cream, avocado and cilantro vinaigrette

  • Why it works: The roasted sweet malt flavors of red ale pair perfectly with grilled meats like charred chicken and mesquite grilled corn

BREWERY & RESTAURANT INFO

  • 8th Merveille Brewery is currently open for dinner from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Masks are mandatory and there is a limit of 6 guests per table. Walk-in and take-out windows are also available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Vinny’s is open for dinner, pickup and delivery Tu es. – Thu. & Sun. from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Rodeo goat is open for dining indoors or on the patio, curbside, take-out and delivery via third-party Sun sites. – Thu. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For the full interview, watch the video above. To contact Ryan Soroka, visit 8th Wonder Brewery website.

Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.


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