This Chart Helps You Expertly Pair Beer and Food


Wine lists are intimidating enough, but with the rise of craft brewing and more adventurous beers available than ever, it can be difficult to decide what to order (your college go-to lite beer likely isn't going to cut it on a first date or business meeting). Add to that the question of whether your risotto will pair better with an IPA or a Pilsner—and forget about it. 

Craft Beer is here to help, with a chart that not only gives specific recommendations for brews, but explanations as to why certain flavors work best with certain foods. For example, a poultry and grain-based dish calls for a hoppy and bitter beer, while rich meats work better with brews that are sour, tart, and funky. Check out the chart below to stand out for all the right reasons at your next group dinner. 

[h/t LifeHacker]