Beers to Pair with Chicken Wings
If you’re eating wings, you need to be drinking beer. But instead of just your old standby, try one that’ll really compliment your wings. We have the info for you here.
Wings are best enjoyed with friends. And lucky for you, the Super Bowl is a little more than a week away. Party, anyone? If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, you’ll be eating wings. Lots of them. And you definitely need beer to wash it all down.
Instead of grabbing your standard 12 pack, impress your guests by offering beers that will add a little something extra to your wings. Just as wine can compliment cheese, beer can compliment chicken wings. Really.
Wings are anything but subtle. They can be hot, hot, hot and super salty. Not to mention, all those creamy sauces you dip ’em in. So you need a beer that can play with those big flavors.
Here’s a simple rule to remember:
Hoppy beers play up spice.
Malty ones reduce heat.
Bitter beers serve as palate cleansers.
American pale ales and IPAs have both strong hop and bitter flavors, so you’re getting a twofer. If you want to cut the saltiness of your wings, opt for an IPA, since it’s sweeter. Oh and try an IPA with a blue cheese dip. They pair really well.
If you love barbecue sauce, take a swig of a black IPA. It compliments the sauce’s tanginess with its roasted flavor.
Pilsners work well with mild wings. German Pilsners are hop heavy, meaning they’re very bitter and have a dry finish. Bohemian Pilsners balance the hops with malt, making it creamier. Both are light and easy to drink.
You might have to hunt for a chile beer – most are made by small breweries – but they can add a little something to mild wings. What exactly are chile beers? They’re ales and lagers that have pepper juices and oils added. Some brewers even add whole jalapenos to their beers. Yowza. Flavors range from mild to tear-inducing, so make sure you read the label. I would opt for a mild brew, especially if the wings are spicy.