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Ice Cold Beer Pairings

What beer artfully complements corn dogs, you ask? Read on.
By Amanda Rock

  • Derek Carlisle

The next time you choose quality time with yourself over a busy restaurant with friends, head to the grocery store. Pick out your favorite frozen food, whether it's Totino's pizza or Morningstar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs, then peruse the beer aisle for its perfect pairing. Hell, hit Red Box on your way out and call it a date, because #selfcare.

Any beer with fruit or coffee in the name is fair game for brunch. Try Kiitos Coffee Cream Ale, a light beer heavy on coffee flavor and aroma, paired with warm, toasted waffles or freshly microwaved pancakes. The Grapefruit Revolution IPA from Shades Brewing is a brunch no-brainer. With a flavorful and grapefruity finish, this refreshing beer is divine paired with greasy, salty fare like breakfast sandwiches and hashbrowns.

Pizza, pot pies & corn dogs
Wash your cheese pizza down with a cold can of Uinta's Cutthroat Pale Ale. The slight bitterness is a delicious contrast to the rich cheese. Squatters Provo Girl Pilsner pairs well with pepperoni pizza. The maltyness grooves with the crust, and the carbonation cuts through the grease and quenches your thirst.

Whether you opt for a vegan pot pie, or prefer the $1 Banquet variety, grab a Squeaky Bike Nut Brown Ale from Moab Brewery. Slightly sweet with roasted malts and a medium body, this beer stands up to the rich pot pie flavors.

I posed the question of what beer pairs with corn dogs on Twitter. Tim Haran from the Utah Beer News website and podcast suggested a clean and hoppy American Pale Ale. Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale fits the bill. He also proposed a German-style Pilsner or Helles. Local celebrity chef Tom Woodbury suggested pairing corn dogs with Kiitos Rimando Pale Ale, promising it to be "... perfect a pairing as could be." My friend from work suggested root beer. Wasatch Brewery's Brigham's Brew sounds like a tasty pairing to me!

Beer floats
Think root beer float, but with alcohol! Use a dark, heavy-ish beer like Uinta's Baba Black Lager, Wasatch's Polygamy Porter or Kiitos Coconut Stout. Choose an ice cream without any bits or chunks because ... ew. Pick up a quart of vanilla, coffee, or chocolate ice cream and float away!

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