Tastings School - Beer and Food

Tastings School

From basics to more advanced topics, the Beer School has all the info to expand your knowledge and enjoyment of your beers, ales and lagers.


Beer and Food

A beer lover's banquet (Ale & Pie Pubs)
A great deal of thought goes in to the Fuller's beer and food menu. Purely in the interests of research, Ben McFarland went along to a tasting session

A salt on the senses (Beer & Seafood)
Beer can make a great accompaniment to salty seafood. Ben McFarland reports

A very big house in the country (Thornbridge Hall)
Richard Jones dons his gladrags for an evening of fine beer and food at the magnificent setting of Thornbridge Hall in the Peak District

A very British dish
Few things are as well matched as beer and curry, but is it as simple as that? Sally Toms finds out

Be bold with beer
There's nothing wrong with a quality lager as an accompaniment to Indian food, but as Ben McFarland reports, there are other options

Beer has a future with food
Increasingly people are experimenting with flavours and serving food with beer. Ben McFarland introduces our food column

Beer off a duck's back
Can beer really hack it at the poshest of dinner tables? Ben McFarland books into tthe three Michelin star eaterie Fat Duck and finds out

Beer vs wine
Beer and wine go head to head at the Ra!n Bar in Manchester, at an event organised by JW Lees brewery. Sally Toms was there.

Capital combinations (London)
Where in London can you eat good food and drink great beer at the same time? Ben McFarland found out

Enjoying the goodlife
Ben McFarland travels to deepest darkest Dorset for a beer and food cooking demo at River Cottage HQ.

Food for thought
We've talked about which beers to pair with your meal, but which beers should you use in your meal? Ben McFarland provides some recipes

In hop heaven
Ben McFarland asks a panel of experts for their food pairings with the eminently hoppy India pale ales

Kolsch on the menu
Our panel of experts look at Kolschbier from Cologne, and what best to eat with it to pick out those delicate flavours.

Oriental express
Last issue we got stuck into one of the gastonomic world's greatest creations - beer and curry. Now we explore beer's other perfect partner - a Chinese takeaway! Ben McFarland picks up his chopsticks

Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.

Perfect Partners (Cheese & Beer)
Cheese is far more compatible with beer than wine, so why don't we serve the two together more? Ben McFarland goes on a road test

Perfect with porter
In the latest of our series on beer and food, Ben McFarland looks at what to eat with porter.

Set in stone
Ben McFarland attends a beer dinner organised by Stone Brewing, a San Diego microbrewery making some big beers

The Hairy Bikers
Dave Myers and Si King are the Hairy Bikers: two-wheeled, globe-trotting, beer-loving chefs from North East England. Jeff Pickthall spoke to them

The sweetest thing
This issue, our panel of experts look at how you can partner fruit beer with food.

Top of the chocs (Beer & Chocolate)
Ben McFarland gets all gooey at a beer and chocolate tasting

Top of the Glas
Ben McFarland samples some of Sweden's finest beer and food combinations.

Wild thing I think I love you
Love them or hate them, spontaneously fermented beers can provide some wonderful matches with food. Our panel of experts give their views.

Wonderful wheat
Ben McFarland looks at wheat beers in all their forms, and how to pair them with different dishes.