Beer & Food Pairings At Llywelyn’s Pub: From Traditional To Light & Delicious

bstrong>By Tom Behnen
Llywelyn’s Pubs Director of Operations

4 Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA and Shrimp Curry
It only makes sense that an India Pale Ale would go well with Curry. Our Curry is a bit on the sweet side so it balances well with the dryness that the Rye in this particular IPA brings. The IPA style was first introduced to the drinking populace when George Hodgson, a British Brewer, figured out that loading barrels of beer with hops would help that beer keep during the long voyage to India. When the troops from India returned home they brought a taste for not only the IPA, but curry as well.

Schlafly Brown Dragon Ale & Bangers & Mash
Schlafly brews this special beer for Llywelyn’s Pub. When talking about what sort of beer we would want, we referenced our traditional dishes. This Brown Ale compliments our Bangers and Mash perfectly. The sweet malt backbone of the beer brings out the natural sweetness given by roasting the bangers and the mouth feel is something akin to our mash potatoes. If you’re in the mood for something hearty, try this pairing.

Guinness Draught & Steak & Cheese Sandwich
It is no coincidence that the two staples at Llywelyn’s Pub pair so well. Both have a roasty backbone with a creamy finish. The dryness of the stout is sated with the sweetness of the grilled steak. This pairing has stood through the test of time. Llywelyn’s Pub has been around for 40 years and this sandwich has been on our menu for 25 years.

Fuller’s London Porter & Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
The history behind the porter style starts in the docks of London. The workmen that moved cargo on and off the ships needed a drink that would give them extra energy and could be drank as a third meal. These porters drank this new style before and after every shift. As with our Brown Ale pairing, the roasted note in the porter really compliments the pork. The brined cabbage cuts through the sweetness with a bitterness that makes you want to take another sip of this fine porter, creating an awesome circular experience.

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat & The Driscoll Salad
One of our most popular seasonal salads, The Driscoll combines strawberries, candied pecans and feta cheese on our lettuce blend with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette. The lighter bodied Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat pairs very well with this lighter fare. Both selections will not last long on the palate but will play off of each other with citric notes and berries while cutting the bitterness of the vinaigrette with the unfiltered wheat body.

Harp Lager and Brittany Chicken Sandwich
Another lighter food pairing, the Brittany Chicken Salad is filled with flavors including honey, cranberry onion and pecans. These lighter flavors pair well with the Euro-lager. Crisp and clean, Harp still has a softness that plays well with the salad texture. Cutting through the flavor and leaving a clean palate after.

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