Wine is fine, but nothing washes down a hearty meal better than an ice-cold beer.
Goose Island Juliet
Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
Availability: Seasonal, New York and Chicago
This tart, spicy Belgian sour ale is a perfect complement to savory dishes. One sip and you'll say, "Did my heart love till now?” Or, “Mmm.”
Estrella Damm Inedit
S.A. Damm, Barcelona, Spain
Availability: Year-round, 32 states
From Spanish chef Ferran Adrià comes a witbier designed to be served with munchies from foie gras to fried chicken.
The Sixth Glass
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Kansas City, MO
Availability: Year-round, 19 states
The name refers to a Hans Christian Andersen parable about the dangers of drinking. Hey, Hans: STFU and chug this strong ale with some cheese or smoked meats.
Ommegang Hennepin Brewery
Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Availability: Year-round, nationwide
Saison-style beers like this one are lively yet not overpowering, which makes them ideal with chicken, sushi, and shellfish. If anyone at the table says it’s not better than vino, smash the bottle over their head. Then casually return to eating your dinner.
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