Cooking with Leinies
The 3C's of Beer Pairing
There are no hard and fast rules to beer pairings, since both food and beer have a wide range of flavors, aromas, colors, and textures. But here are the "3 C's" of beer pairing to help you make your choices.
- Cut - Beer helps cut through thick sauces and rich foods. When you take that first bite of a dish, there is nothing like it. But after a couple of bites, your mouth gets used to the flavor. Beer can help make every bite as good as the first. The carbonation can literally scrub out your palate.
- Contrast - Choosing a beer that contracts the flavor of your dish can help you appreciate all the unique flavors in both the beer and dish, and balance it out. For example a wheat beer and Thai food can help balance out the spices in the dish.
- Compliment - Choosing a beer that compliments a dish can help enhance similar flavors, such as a grilled steak with a porter. The porter will help enhance the caramel grilled flavor.
Beer and Cheese Pairings
Pairing beer and cheese is an obvious combination, but without going to an event, how do you know what pairs well with what? Here you can find out what Sartori cheese matches best with certain Leinies beer. You can find Leinies and Sartori cheese in your local grocery store. Whether it is a refreshing and light taste, or a smooth robust flavor, your expertise on beer/cheese pairing will be amazing after you try the following suggestions. If you are sitting home tonight, or want to impress your friends this weekend, these pairings will be the highlight of your evening.
Leinie's Berry Weiss & Sartori's Raspberry BellaVitano
IBU Calories Malts Hops Other 13.5 207 Blend of Pale malts, Caramel and Munich Cluster Loganberry, Blackberry, and Elderberry
Brewed with Pale and Wheat malt and an enticing blend of blackberries, elderberries and loganberries that are all indigenous to Wisconsin, Berry Weiss is deliciously different!
This is the ideal pairing for Leinie's Berry Weiss. The fruit in each is distinguishable yet blends nicely with the creaminess of the cheese.
Leinie's Creamy Dark & Sartori's Dolcina Gorgonzola
IBU Calories Malts Hops 19 170 Munich, Chocolate, wheat and three Pale Malts Cascade, Cluster and Mt. Hood
Deliciously dark and surprisingly smooth, Creamy Dark is brewed with a rich blend of seven malts for a nutty, crisp flavor. We then age it slowly for its deep, dark color and creamy, easy-drinking taste.
The caramel overtones in Leinie's dark lager enrich the sharpness of the gorgonzola. This pairing achieves a perfect balance of caramel and savory.
Leinies Honey Weiss & Sartori's SarVecchio Parmesan
IBU Calories Malts Hops Other 13.9 149 Wheat and Pale Cluster Real Wisconsin honey
Light, crips and perfect with a lemon wedge, Leinie's legendary Honey Weiss has an appeal that is unmatched. Carefully crafted with Red Valley Wheat, Cluster hops and a touch of real Wisconsin honey, the smooth taste and delicate finish is nothing short of perfection.
This unlikely combination is an extraordinary pairing. Just as honey drizzled on Parmesan is a savory treat, the refreshing light honey taste accentuates the nuttiness in the cheese.
Leinie's Red Lager & Sartori's Rosemary/Olive Oil Asiago
IBU Calories Malts Hops 20 166 Three Pale, Carapits and Caramel Cluster and Mt. Hood
With a rich appearance and smooth, robust, yet easy-drinking taste, Leinie's Red has been winning over Red enthusiasts since 1993.
Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago:
The rosemary accentuates the hoppiness of Leinie's Red Lager. This is an earthy, aromatic cheese that lingers longer on the palate with a smooth finish.
Leinie's Summer Shandy & Sartori's BellaVitano Gold
IBU Calories Malts Hops Other 13.5 130 Wheat and Pale Cluster Refreshing Lemonade Flavor
A traditional shandy is beer brewed with something unexpected like lemonade, soda, juice or ginger ale. Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is a European favorite during the warm summer months. Brewed with the finest wheat, malted barley and refreshing lemonade flavor, Summer Shandy is perfect for the sun-splashed summer months.
A Sartori family original, this rich, creamy cheese with its nutty, fruity flavor is also a celebrated gold-medal winner.
Leinie's Sunset Wheat & Black Pepper BellaVitano
IBU Calories Malts Hops Other 13.5 165 Wheat and Pale Cluster Coriander
Brewed with just a touch of coriander spice, our award-winning Belgian-style witbier has a slight creaminess, dry tart finish and soothing citrus character that's well complemented with an orange slice.
Black Pepper BellaVitano:
Rich, nutty, creamy BellaVitano bears just the right pinch of cracked black peppercorns to impart a spicy zestiness.