Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros

by Julia Herz, Gwen Conley


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2016 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award Finalist!

Beer has reclaimed its place at the dinner table.

Yet unlike wine, there just aren't many in-depth resources to guide both beginners and beer geeks for pairing beer with food. Julia Herz and Gwen Conley are here to change that.

As you start your journey, you'll learn all about the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor. Just as important, you'll become a tasting Anarchist—throw out the conventional advice and figure out what works for you! Then, on to the pairing. Begin with beer styles, start with your favorite foods, or join the authors on a series of wild palate trips. From classics like barbecue ribs with American Brown Ale to unusual matches like pineapple upside-down cake with Double India Pale Ale, you'll learn why some pairings stand the test of time and you'll find plenty of new ideas as well. With complete information for planning beer dinners and cooking with beer, tips from pro brewers, and geek-out science features, Julia and Gwen will make sure you never look at beer—or food—the same way again!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760348437
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 627,432
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julia Herz is the Craft Beer Program Director at the Brewers Association and Publisher of She has been featured by Splendid Table, The Food Network's Unwrapped, CNBC's Closing Bell, Good Morning America Live and numerous other national media outlets. She also is a BJCP beer judge, Certified Cicerone(R), and homebrewer. She tweets about beer as @HerzMuses.

Gwen Conley is the Director of Brewery Production and Quality at Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, California, one of the most highly regarded and award-winning breweries in the United States. Previously, she has worked as Quality Assurance and Sensory Director at Flying Dog Brewery and as a Flavor Panel Leader for Ball Packaging Corporation. In a previous life, she was a microbiologist, environmental chemist, and biology teacher. She is a veteran judge at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and an instructor for the American Brewer's Guild and the University of California, San Diego, Brewer's Certificate Program. She tweets about beer as @SensoryGoddess.

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Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover alone makes you want to open and read this book! I want that burger, fries and beer. Seriously. Beer is thought to contain more than 560 aromatic compounds? The book starts by breaking down the components of beer and describing their role, describing pairing terminology, sensory vocabulary and it’s importance, and how to pour and taste beer so that you can navigate the chapters ahead. Want to impress your sweetheart? Have him or her come home to a beer cheese and chocolate pairing. Visit Chapter 7 for some hints. Want to impress your friends? Peek at Chapter 8 for some examples of beer and food pairings and host your own beer dinner. This chapter (and the whole book!) is interesting for the average craft brew drinker (me), a home brewer or even a brewery employee looking to expand their knowledge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been in the beer industry for twenty years and currently teach classes on everything beer. One segment I go over is food and beer pairings. There was not that much out there to learn from prior to this book and what was out there was a bit dated. Beer Pairing outlines all the new science. It’s a text book, a “how to book” and one that belongs in any library of a student of beer or, for that matter, a student of pairing, period. Not only does this book open up new ideas, it explains them succinctly in an easy to understand format. If you are studying for a Cicerone® test, you need this book. I highly recommend it. Bravo Julia & Gwen!
AlesongMatt More than 1 year ago
Beer Pairings truly is an essential guide. From the beer novice to the "geek" in all of us, this book has it all. Julia and Gwen not only explain the science of tasting but delve into extensive information about beer styles and the foods that pair best with them. And more importantly, they tell you the "why" of pairings. In this educational and entertaining guide, they give a big dose of beer and sensory expertise, while leaving just enough room for personal preferences and discovery. In the chapter on "Palate Trips", Julia and Gwen guide you through taste journeys with a wide range of beers and foods, but let you design your own palate trip at chapters end. Brilliant! They finish this great guide with Beer Dinner advice and Cooking with Beer for explorations by the home cook. Finally, as a little extra credit, Beer Pairings offers small vignettes highlighting Brewing, Wine, and Food illuminati from around the country. Herz and Conley leave no tasting stone unturned in this very informative and instructional guide.
MileHighBeerGuy More than 1 year ago
The only book you'll need on this topic! Just a great entry in the world of food and beer pairings. And this isn't just for people looking for beer and burgers. This is great as the world picks up to beer and food pairings on a higher level. Move over Wine - Craft Beer is coming and the authors give a great intro into how beer works magic with food. It's a fun read, but informative and filled with personality. It belongs in the kitchen of everyone who loves beer and food, either together or separate. I'll be buying a lot of these as gifts.