Beer and food pairing
We take food very seriously at binary (that’s why we created our beer).
Beer and food pairing can seem a maze, often overcomplicated and almost inaccessible to anyone but a connoisseur – let us simplify it for you. Beer and food pairings follow the same logic as wine pairings. Think about the intensity of the food, the flavours and the aromas in both the food and the beer. Note the dominant flavours in your beer, for example Binary is often described as fruity and tropical, with key notes of grapefruit and pomegranate. Once you have your beer tasting profile, decide whether you want the flavours to work synergistically (to elevate a particular flavour experience) or to contrast one another (like chilli and chocolate).
Trust your taste your taste buds
But, it all boils down to personal preference. We all have different flavour thresholds for different flavours and aromas and then different emotional reactions to flavours based on our experiences. So, when you drink a beer- think of your own experience, what flavours you pick up and what you like and then what foods you would enjoy it with and it will be different for each of us.
Brewed for food, there are countless recipes we recommend you pair it with.
But, with our busy lifestyles we don’t always want to slave over the stove for dinner. Gusto and Hello Fresh are a good alternative but sometimes you just want that guilt-free instant meal that has all the taste and benefits of a home-cooked meal.
We were very excited to discover Planty who deliver chef-made, veganmeals directly to your door, so all you have to do is pop your meal in the oven or microwave, pour your glass of Binary and enjoy! We’ve tried and tested, so we can recommend the ideal pairings
The duos worth tasting
Everyone knows curry and beer are a natural pair, so Planty’s “Not-a-Chicken Tikka Masala” paired with a glass of chilled Binary is an obvious, and tasty, choice. The cold beer contrasts the spice and, after every sip, cleanses the palate allowing the curry to newly excite the taste buds with each bite. As Binary is not a bitter beer, it really cools the tongue and marries spicy dishes beautifully, so another perfect pair would be Planty’s “BBQ Banana Blossom Burrito”!
If you favour a warming pasta dish, you’ll love Planty’s “Polpette Alfredo”, with a creamy sauce and meatballs for that comfort food feel; Binary here really juxtaposes the richness of the sauce with its lightness and citrusy notes. Pasta and beer: let’s make it a thing! Certainly a duo worth tasting…
For the cooking fiends among you
Planty’s Head Chef Joe has revealed his recipe for a winter-warming pie, which he recommends pairing with Binary; the slightly sparkling low-alcohol beer creates a smooth, rich flavour with a slight sweetness. Perfect to cook with and drink with according to Joe (who’s got a Michelin-star background)! The delectable pie recipe is at the end. Joe also recommends pairing his go-to Mushroom Udon Broth with the Binary Botanical’s pear-and-ginger cocktail box. This drink matches well with the aromas of the broth including the lemongrass and kaffir-lime leaf alongside its umami flavours. Now you know your stuff when it comes to pairing food and beer, impress your partner, friend or family with one of the tasty recipes we recommend!
A little gift from Planty…
If you’re not in the mood for taking care of the cooking or washing up, just order from Planty…who have a treat for binary customers in the form of a 30% discount with the code BOTANICALMATCH* at check-out! If you’d like to cook for yourself, take a look at the recipes below…
*30% off any Planty meal box of your choice! Simply use the code BOTANICALMATCH at check-out on their website to stock up meals in your fridge (for 3 days) or freezer (for 3 months). Offer valid until the 1st of March 2022 and includes free UK mainland delivery!