The Holidays are a wonderful time to share snacks with your family and friends.
In particular, this time of year is great for one of the “dynamic duos” of snacking: nuts and beer!
Here are a few suggested pairings you may want to consider to embrace the flavors and spirit of the season:
For many beer drinkers, the Holiday Season is also Stout season. The rich, roasted flavor, creamy mouth feel and smooth finish of this style are especially satisfying this time of year. Stouts are a terrific pairing with dessert flavors. Our favorite pairing while enjoying a Stout is Merchant’s Reserve Cinnamon Spiced Pecans. The spicy sweetness of cinnamon and sugar are a great complement to the beer’s roasted dark chocolate and coffee flavors.
If you’re searching for a great pairing with Amber Ales, look no further than Merchant’s Reserve Butter Toffee Cashews. Their sweet, buttery flavor interacts deliciously with the malty, slightly bitter taste of an Amber.
Nuts over IPAs? India Pale Ales pair exquisitely with Merchant’s Reserve Honey Roasted Cashews. The bitterness of the IPA amplifies the salty and savory component of this nut’s flavor while its caramel flavors latch onto the sweetness of the special honey roasting process used to finish the cashews.
Finally, who doesn’t like a good Pilsner, often called the most versatile of beers.
Its hoppy bitterness, floral aroma and clean finish is a perfect partner for Merchant’s Reserve Classic Roasted & Salted Jumbo Cashews. The salty toasted flavor of the cashews interacts with a Pilsner for a combination that can’t be beat!
So there you have it, some most wonderful nuts for your beers.
What do you think? Any pairings you’d suggest?
We’d love to hear from you!
Happy Holidays from your friends at Merchant's Reserve