Sunday, November 27, 2011


As part of an ongoing weekly post yours truly will be picking one food menu item and pairing it with one of our 150+ bottle beers from our monster beer menu. Stay tuned each week for an informed, tried and true suggestion.

This weeks' winning couple is:

Mudville's grande Spicy Chili and the award winning Full Sail Amber

The Chemistry:

Fall is officially upon us and what better food to warm your bones than chili. Chili is one of those dishes where everyone has their own secret recipe. Well, at Mudville9, we’re no different. Usually these secret recipes simply mean that 18 different pepper varieties are in the sauce or something weird like spaghetti might be added - but there are plenty of ways that people enjoy chili. Ours includes our proprietary buffalo wing sauce to give it that necessary zing. With such a variable dish one needs a flexible beer that can handle the heat, meat, beans, spices, cheddar cheese, sour cream and fresh onion. That beer is an Amber Lager. The style may seem a little odd at first but this combo is tried and true in Mexico since the 1800's when Austrian brewers moved to Mexico and introduced their amber lager where it remains a standard (you've heard of Negro Modelo, Dos Equis and Corona, right?)  

The sweet, caramelly Full Sail is an excellent foil to temper dishes with a lot of heat. They use chocolate malt which complements the richness of the sauce while the bright citrusy notes in the beer play nicely against the earthy notes of the beans and cumin dashes. There are many Amber Lagers out there to choose from but for this guy's money I choose the Full Sail (it might have something to do with the fact they've won 14 gold medals with this one).

Bon Apetit!

P.s. Add a fire roasted corn to your order to go all out Mexicana! Can you say "Queso Fresco"?


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