Pairing the Best Craft Philly Beers with Your Backyard Burgers

Summertime brings grilling, and grilling means burgers. In this blog, we share some advice from beer experts at Serious Eats for the best beers to pair with burgers. Sure, you could grab whatever you have stocked in the fridge, but why not try out some great local beers? Note that most experts say the toppings are the key to pairing. For instance, put a sweeter beer with sour (pickles, cheeses) condiments, and a hoppier beer with sweet/salty (ketchup, mushrooms) condiments. 
  • Lagers pair well with burgers because they cut through the fat from the meat.
  • The hops in IPAs pair well with spicy condiments, like hot peppers or spicy mustard. The bitterness of an IPA cuts through spicy foods well.
  • Pale ales are a standard burger pairing because they balance out the typical condiments (bacon, lettuce, etc.)
  • Saisons pair well with earthy toppings like grilled onions, roasted red peppers, and savory cheeses.

So you have the categories, now keep it local! Here are the 25 best craft beers from Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Magazine:

1.    Forest & Main Palomino
2.    Tröegs Nugget Nectar
3.    Tired Hands HopHands
4.    Tired Hands SaisonHands
5.    Victory DirtWolf
6.    Victory Headwaters
7.    Tröegs Troegenator
8.    Victory Summer Love
9.    Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
10.    Victory Storm King
11.    Victory Golden Monkey
12.    Flying Fish Exit 4
13.    Nodding Head Ich Bin Ein Berlinner Weisse
14.    Victory Braumeister Pils
15.    Yards Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale
16.    Yards IPA
17.    Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout
18.    Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale
19.    Weyerbacher Merry Monks
20.    Sly Fox Helles
21.    Conshohocken Cascadian Dark Ale
22.    Yards Saison
23.    Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale
24.    Tröegs Perpetual IPA
25.    Vault Belgian Blonde


     Written By: Erica Lucas
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