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With a few weeks to go until the big day, we’ve decided to pick out some beer pairings you can try out with your Scouse – be it blind, with lamb or even with beef. Ultimately, you can drink whatever you like best with your Scouse, but in the spirit of all things Liverpool, we’ve picked some options out for you all. It just so happens that many of the Liverpool Beer Collective’s member breweries make some superb beers to go with Scouse and we’ve listed a few of them here and places where you can pick them up.
Black Lodge Brewery
Combine our Minds - Black IPA
Black IPAs are often tricky beers for those unfamiliar with them; the debate still goes on whether an IPA (India Pale Ale) can actually be dark given the nomenclature involved, but that’s not what we’re looking at here at all.
Black Lodge Brewery’s recent foray into this style of highly hopped darker beer, Combine Our Minds, goes rather well with a meaty or hearty and rich stew. Better than you would expect, even.
Puck at the Helm – Golden Ale
A Golden Ale is often regarded as a simple beast and usually underrated on the whole as a style when compared to other beers than are vying for the spotlight.
Again with this pairing, the balance between the sweeter elements of the beer derived from the malts are played off and reined in by some gentle hopping, just enough to provide a gentle bitterness and to add to the mouthfeel of this brew.
Glen Affric Brewery
Rutting Stag – American Red Ale
The combination of different roasted malts in tandem with a hoppy push gives a few notes in this Red Ale to bring attention to and compliment your dish.
Red malts give rise to sweet, but gently spicy notes, toast, honey and a nuttiness which should all bring something different out of your stew.
No.03 Sour Ale
A slightly different take on things here, with a sour beer providing some very contrasting character which will bring the best out of both the beer and the Scouse.
Sour beers are often excellent accompaniments to food and whilst they can be intimidating for those who’ve never tried them, it’s a chance worth taking.
The acidity and carbonation of this beer will provide a clean cutting edge to deal with the richness and fattiness of the lamb and/or stew.
Love Lane Brewery
An Imperial Stout could be just what you fancy to provide something big, luxiorious and flavoursome to go up against your pan of Scouse.
This offering from Love Lane Brewery is a rich and warming brew with a broad flavour profile, from coffee, dark chocolate, toasted nutiness through to liquorice.
Abyss – Oatmeal Stout
There are some great beers bein brewed over in Maghull these days, with Neptune cranking through the gears with ever new and excellently executed recipes. This is one of their tried-and-tested core beers though and it just so happens that Abyss works wonderfully with Scouse.
An oatmeal stout, with roasted nutty malt flavours, plenty of coffee and chocolate in the flavour profile and a nice hum of umami to bring the best out of your stew and has an earthiness to work well with sides of either cabbage or beetroot.